Rodney King Dead after Presumed Drowning
Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by cops in 1991 sparked the LA riots, died early today. He was 47.
He was discovered in the pool of his Rialto home by his fiancée Cynthia Kelley, whose first date with King was at a Newport Beach pizzeria the day after she served on a Los Angeles civil jury that awarded him $3.8 million.
Kelley told Rialto Police that King spent Saturday drinking and smoking pot before she went to bed at 2 a.m. this morning. After being plucked out of the pool, CPR was performed to no avail.
Police, who suspect no foul play was involved, are investigating King's death as a drowning.
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