King’s fiancée found the former Celebrity Rehab participant at the bottom of the pool and law enforcement authorities removed him and administered CPR. Unfortunately, King was pronounced dead at 6:11am.
A vicious beating that King received at the hands of the LAPD in 1991, is what ultimately sparked the LA Riots in 1992 when the officers were acquitted.
King’s life ever since had been through numerous up and downs, often because of financial struggle (despite winning a $3.8 million settlement from LAPD) and substance abuse; he was arrested for an alleged DUI in 2011.
“America’s been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all,” King told the Associated Press earlier this year while promoting his memoir The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption, “This part of my life is the easy part now.”
Rest In Power Rodney King.
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