Rodney King Dead At 47

Human rights activist Rodney King has been found dead at the age of 47 after appearing to have drowned in a swimming pool.
The campaigner's fiancee Cynthia Kelley discovered his body at the bottom of the pool at their home in Rialto, California early on Sunday morning (17Jun12), according to Tmz.com.
Police officers were called to the scene and removed King from the water. They attempted to resuscitate him to no avail and he was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6.11am local time.
King became infamous as the victim of a brutal beating by four Los Angeles police officers in 1991. The assault was caught on camera but the cops were acquitted by a jury and the ruling sparked the L.A. Riots.
He recently revisited the harrowing incident on various news programmes to mark the 20th anniversary of the unrest and discuss a new TV documentary, Uprising: Hip-Hop & the L.A. Riots, which was narrated by rapper Snoop Dogg and aired in America last month (May12).
King struggled with drug and alcohol issues in recent years and sought treatment on U.S. reality shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and its spin-off, Sober House.
Police have ruled out foul play and are investigating his death as a drowning case.


Contactmusic
Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Jason Momoa's 'Game Of Thrones' Audition Tape Goes Viral [Video]

At this point, almost everyone has wondered what it takes to get in to Emmy...

Jason Momoa's 'Game Of Thrones' Audition Tape Goes Viral [Video]

Fall Out Boy - Centuries Video

'Centuries' is the lead single from Fall Out Boy's upcoming, and as of yet untitled, sixth studio album. The single was...

Fall Out Boy - Centuries (Official Video) Video

Gwen Stefani Drops New Track ‘Baby Don’t Lie’: Listen Here!

As much as we’ve been enjoying seeing Gwen Stefani as a judge on...

Gwen Stefani Drops New Track ‘Baby Don’t Lie’: Listen Here!

Top Five - Trailer

Andre Allen has been voted the Funniest Man in America in his illustrious career as a stand-up comedian. But somehow...

Top Five Trailer

By The Gun - Trailer

Nick Tortano has always felt under pressure to do well in his life, no matter what that takes. He's constantly been the...

By The Gun Trailer

Box Office Report: "Fury" Storms In To Knock "Gone Girl" Off The Throne

Ok, it’s time to talk box office stats again. Unlike the past 2 weeks, however...

Box Office Report:

David Letterman's Cue-Card Holder Tony Mendez Fired For Assaulting Colleague

David Letterman's CBS talk show 'The Late Show' has a new position available...

David Letterman's Cue-Card Holder Tony Mendez Fired For Assaulting Colleague

Post O2 Gigs, Pharrell Is On Top Of The World And Not Sweating The Small Stuff

I love Pharrell almost as much as I love that giant mushroom hat and after...

Post O2 Gigs, Pharrell Is On Top Of The World And Not Sweating The Small Stuff

'Glee' Actor Matthew Morrison Ties The Knot With Renee Puente

Matthew Morrison, most well-known for his role as Will Schuester on 'Glee,'...

'Glee' Actor Matthew Morrison Ties The Knot With Renee Puente
Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All