Rodney King dead at 47

Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47.

Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy DeAnda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.

There were no preliminary signs of foul play, DeAnda said, and no obvious injuries on King’s body. Police are conducting a drowning investigation, he said, and King’s body would be autopsied. R.I.P Rodney King my condolences to his family

Rodney King: What happened in 1991

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Rodney King arriv...

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 30: Rodney King arrives at the EsoWon books store to sign copies of his new book, ‘The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption,’ on April 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. King is best known as the victim of a brutal police beating that took place in Los Angeles. It’s been 20 years since the Rodney King verdict that sparked infamous L.A. Riots. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

“His fiancee heard him in the rear yard,” he said, and found King in the pool when she went outside.

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