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Rodney King Found Dead In His Swimming Pool

Rodney King — who was at the center of the Los Angeles riots — was found dead at the bottom of his pool by his fianceé, in Rialto, CA. He was 47.

Police responded to the call early in the morning, pronouncing him dead at 6:11 a.m. PST. TMZ reports Rialto PD will be opening up a drowning investigation.

King, you may recall, gained attention in 1991, when he was taped by a bystander when Los Angeles police were severely beating him during an arrest. The following year, the police officers involved were acquitted — and announcement that led to the well-known rioting in Los Angeles.

UPDATE: TMZ reports that King’s fianceé, “Cynthia Kelley, is telling friends King was at the house all day drinking, and he smoked marijuana at some point, before she went to went to bed at 2:00 AM.” Via TMZ:

We’re told Kelley says she next saw King at around 5:00 AM when she was awoken by him screaming in the backyard. Our sources say Kelley found King naked, banging on the glass, and she called out to him, “What’s wrong, Rodney?”

Kelley is telling friends she then went to grab her phone when she heard a big splash. She then went to the backyard and discovered him in the bottom of the pool and called police.

(H/T Gossip Cop)

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