Rodney King Dead at 47
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Rodney King, the man at the center of a police beating controversy which ignited the 1992 Los Angeles riots, died Sunday at the age of 47, his publicist confirmed.
Rialto police Capt. Randy De Anda told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that they responded to a home in the 1000 block of East Jackson Avenue about 5:25 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from King’s fiancée who reported that she found him at the bottom of his swimming pool.
“Rialto police officers responded to the location and removed him from inside of the pool and began CPR. The Rialto Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Mr. King to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. this morning,” he said.
“It appears there was some verbal contact with the fiancée at which time she went outside and she found him at the bottom of the pool,” De Anda said.
“No altercation whatsoever. He had been in the patio area of the residence and apparently she had heard him in the backyard and she went out to check on him,” he said, adding that Rialto police are conducting a drowning investigation.
Preliminary information showed no signs of foul play, he said.
King had been a longtime resident of Rialto. He became known worldwide back in 1991 when his arrest and beating by Los Angeles police officers was captured on videotape. The officers involved in that incident were acquitted the following year.
The announcement of the verdict led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
In April 2012, King spoke candidly to CBS2 Anchor Pat Harvey about the LA riots and his life since. The entire interview can be seen below: