Rodney King, a man best known for being beaten up by Los Angeles police and triggering the worst urban riots in a generation, died overnight in an apparent drowning. He was 47.
King’s fiancee found him in a swimming pool at his home at 5:25 a.m. today, Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda said.
“There were no obvious signs of trauma,” the officer said. “Rialto police are conducting a drowning investigation at this time.”
King had apparently spoken with his fiancee in the minutes before she discovered him lifeless in the pool behind their modest tract house in Rialto, 55 miles east of Los Angeles, police said. Rialto firefighters rushed King to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11.
In an interview last April, King told the BBC that he was engaged to marry Cynthia Kelley, whom he met as she sat as a juror in the civil lawsuit that awarded King $3.8 million for his injuries at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers in 1991. (…read more via Patch)