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Rodney King Dies at 47

Rodney King Dies at 47

Rodney King, made infamous for being beaten on a 1991 video tape by four LA police officers and ultimately sparking the LA riots, has passed away at the age of 47, according to TMZ.

His body was found by his fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, on Sunday morning (June 17) at the bottom of a swimming pool.

CPR was attempted by paramedics, but they ultimately could not revive him. While no foul play is suspected, police reportedly will open a drowning investigation.

TMZ is also reporting that Cynthia has disclosed to friends that Rodney had reportedly been drinking and smoking marijuana before his death.

Our thoughts go out to Rodney‘s friends and family during this difficult time.

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  • Halli

    RIP, he had some demons and it looks like he lost the battle :(

  • Esta Noche

    RIP Rodney.. you were a crazy, wacky bastard, but you didn’t deserve what they did to you… whether it was the pigs who beat you, the asshats who looted their own peeps in your name, and the media who simultaneously implied your past made you deserve the whupping while getting boners and pretending to give a shit that dark skin tends to lead the cops to treat you differently. Still, the fact you walked the planet gave the system a fun little shock… for good or bad, not everybody can say that. I’m almost a little jealous.
    Speaking as another crazy, wacky bastard who has also dealt with out of control dogs that were trained by Lorne Kramer, I tip my hat to you!

  • Maryam

    May he rest in peace.

  • Lilla

    Oh that’s so sad. I hope he is finally at peace.

  • Tami

    Rest in peace baby !! but his death sounds fishy to me.

  • be

    white men cant jump ,and black men cant swim ,,, rip

  • pup

    I will hear Sublime’s “April 26,1992″ just for you Rodney!

  • ha ha

    how sad, this guy gets beat up by cops for being drunk and giving chase and that f ucking lindsey ho always causes problems for police with car accidents, etc, wtf dont they beat the s hit out of HER with their nightsticks?! not fair…………..

  • XYZ

    NO LOSS…

  • catinca

    @XYZ sounds like the perfect epitaph for you.


    RIP..lets hope there wasn’t any foul play and if there is will we ever find out about it?

  • Rodney

    so sad to hear this. young, life in order, looking better than ever. just sad.

    glad the cops got punished. they deserved a lot more punishment then what they got though.

  • Rodney

    I know
    i’m hoping there was no foul play still sad though.

    RIP Rodney
    the suffering you endured ultimately brought TRUE justice and made the world a better place and a little safer. You will be remembered for this. and honored.

  • fdg

    who cares

  • Gossipgirl

    RIP Rodney; God bless……such a short and troubled life.

  • LOL

    Lets riot in Crenshaw and Inglewood white people!!