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R.I.P. Rodney King, Dead at 47

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June 17, 2012 by The ReadyWriter


Gossip website TMZ.com is reporting Rodney King has died at age 47.

According to TMZ sources, King’s fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a pool Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead at 6:11 AM.

Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation, but so far there are no signs of foul play.

The acquittal of four LAPD officers accused in the videotaped beating of King sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots that left 53 dead and thousands more injured. 4,000 National Guardsmen were called out to help put an end to 6 days of violence and looting.

King, who had past convictions for assault, battery and robbery, made an impassioned plea to rioters, included his now famous quote: “Can’t we all just get along?”

In 2009 King was awarded $3.8 in a settlement for violating his civil rights. He became engaged to one of the jurors who awarded him the money. In 2007 King was shot multiple times in the face, arms, back and torso during a domestic dispute.

King recently released and wrote a book entitled “The Riot Within” and discussed the anniversary of the “LA Riots” when he appeared on PoliticsNation just a month ago.

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70 thoughts on “R.I.P. Rodney King, Dead at 47

  1. YES says:

    WTH???

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  2. Acquitta says:

    damn shame…he had it rough but being found at the bottom of a pool sounds suspect…then again, he look like he mighta been on drugs too.

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    • QueenC says:

      then again, he look like he mighta been on drugs too
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      when sharpton was interviewing him, he did seem kinda OFF!

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    • BBallen says:

      then again, he look like he mighta been on drugs too
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      when sharpton was interviewing him, he did seem kinda OFF!
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      they saying he drowned but i’m sure they gon do an autopsy. he had to be high or under some kind of influence.

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    • Sane says:

      he had to be high or under some kind of influence.
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      Zactly!!!
      TODAY’S LESSON PEOPLE: Drinking booze and smoking marijuana and a swimming pool are a bad combination.

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    • CeoDawg says:

      being found at the bottom of a pool sounds suspect
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      yeah the drowning sounds suspect, we’ll see comes out in the days to come.

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    • Aceman says:

      then again, he look like he mighta been on drugs too
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      you could tell from his tv appearances that he had issues. his speech was kinda slow and smeared too possibly from the blows from that infamous beating in 1991. and if he was doing drugs on top of that it really didn’t help him much.

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    • Coco says:

      being found at the bottom of a pool sounds suspect
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      His fiance told frinds he had been drinking and smoking marijuana earlier that evening.

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    • Yvonne says:

      being found at the bottom of a pool sounds suspect
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      His fiance told frinds he had been drinking and smoking marijuana earlier that evening.
      ***********

      An autoposy will certainly reveal what happened to him. 😦

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    • Adriane says:

      An autoposy will certainly reveal what happened to him.
      ********
      Cosign!

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  3. QueenC says:

    Dayum!!!!!!
    I saw him on PoliticsNation too @Tra

    R.I.P. Rodney

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  4. 2Thick4U says:

    rodney went thru hell and gained national attention, just to die at the bottom of his pool??? the devil is a liar!!!!

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  5. BBallen says:

    r.i.p. rodney./1st yvette now rodney. smh 😦

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  6. Sane says:

    Rodney King the man who made White folks believe POLICE BRUTALITY did in fact exist,for that I thank him.He was a troubled man who for whatever reasons could not seem to get his life together.His journey is over my condolences to his family.

    May Mr.King REST IN PEACE.

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  7. Jamilla says:

    Very sad news.
    Rest in peace, with no more sorrows.

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  8. Pinky says:

    Death by drowning? Alone in the pool. Probably never fully recuperated mentally due to the beating he took. And probably never stopped drinking. An early death for someone whose name will forever be attached to police brutality and a later conviction of some of the officers in federal court for civil right violation. RIP

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  9. Shawnia says:

    “King recently released and wrote a book entitled “The Riot Within” and discussed the anniversary of the “LA Riots” when he appeared on PoliticsNation just a month ago.”

    Now, I’m curious about his book, I plan on reading it.
    R.I.P. Rodney King

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  10. Bobby says:

    R.I.P. Rodney…you made history and changed a nation.

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  11. BrownGirl says:

    R.I.P RODNEY

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  12. Adam says:

    This is sad news, I always felt Rodney was dealt a raw deal in life and thought it was going to turn around for him, esp. after watching him on PoliticsNation.

    I want your family to know you mattered to me Rodney.

    R.I.P ..

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  13. Daisy says:

    OMG..I can’t believe this.

    😦 R.I.P. Rodney

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  14. CeoDawg says:

    Rest in peace, Dear Brother. Thank you for the the love you demonstrated in the face of ignorance, racism and hate.

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  15. Aceman says:

    damn this is so FUCKED UP!!!! he died the 20th anniversary year of the LA riots. Guess he just couldn’t shake dat ass beating.

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  16. Tamala says:

    It was a long time coming.

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  17. SueWee says:

    😦 Sad

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  18. Danny says:

    😦 This is so sad and unfortunate…tragedy behind tragedy…It doesn’t seem like this man has ever caught a break from life’s sorrow…my prayers go out to all in mourning…may he R.I.P. 😦

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  19. Olivijah says:

    God rest his soul. What a marred, tumultuous life..

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  20. QTip says:

    R.I.P. Rodney

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  21. ManUp says:

    SMH..I was just watching the documentary about the LA RIOTS this past week…so tragic!

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  22. Nicole says:

    2012 has not been kind to celebs 😦

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  23. HarlemGirl says:

    May your next life be filled with supreme bliss, Rodney.
    Good Luck.

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  24. Keisha says:

    Never seemed as if this man had any peace while living, hopefully he has found peace in the after life. I remember seeing him on the Judge Mathis show a few years back….just plain sad on so many levels. My heart goes out to his family & friends. Remember people, life is NOT a dress rehearsal….

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  25. UncleEd says:

    And we still not getting along.

    R.I.P Rodney King, may your soul now find *peace*

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  26. Lexy says:

    So sad his life.
    He also recently released a new book.

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  27. Yvonne says:

    R.I.P. Rodney

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  28. Bird says:

    😦

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  29. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    😦 sad. He was on celeb rehab a few years back. I hope its not drug or alcohol related.

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  30. Elove says:

    Just WOW (Though…) And It TOOK OVER 15 Years to get His Just-DUE ENDZ Though

    THAT BEATING (Video Evidence) is probably everywhere WORLDWIDE and I KNOW He could NEVER EVER FORGET Such a Horrific Event (In His LIFE Though…) Just ALL KINDS of TRAGIC from The Very Beginning

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  31. EbonyEyes says:

    May God rest his soul…

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  32. Coco says:

    R.I.P. Rodney

    Morning Ceo Fam

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  33. Gia says:

    Rodney was a lucky negro who happened to have his ass whipping videotaped.

    After the riots,that fool was still being pulled over by the cops for DUI or public intoxication.they couldn’t do nothing to him but put the Dash Cam on his ass. His ass never learned.just sayin’

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  34. Cameo1 says:

    This is sad as shit…i’m sorry but i think Rodney just never got over that ass whoppin.
    May he R.I.P.!

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  35. CorporateBitch says:

    I was so shocked to hear the sad news 😦 that Rodney King had died. I thought he was on a road to doing so much better esp. after the new release of his book. This is sad on all levels.

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  36. Felicia says:

    Good, bad or indifferent….Rodney King made history and he paid a price in the process.

    May God rest his soul in peace!

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  37. Applebottom says:

    Rodney lived a complicated life and if he was a drinker and druggie his issues only escalated his habit.

    R.I.P. Mr. King.

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  38. Donte says:

    dayum! i’m wondering what happened? wth happened??? woke up sunday and heard dude was dead and he was on tv making rounds about his book. so weird.

    may he r.i.p.

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  39. FloridaGirl says:

    It was rough for Rodney ever since those cops nearly killed him and was acquited may he RIP.

    😦

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  40. Starr says:

    Life really does suck and then you die!
    This boy went thru hell and to die at the bottom of his pool, yeah i’m wondering what happened?? can’t wait to hear this one.

    RIP Rodney.

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  41. Nicole says:

    “I am at peace,” King said at the end of PEOPLE’s April interview, explaining that he was no longer drinking “as much as I used to,” following a 2011 DUI arrest. “I finally found peace in my life.”

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    • Nicole says:

      Rodney King told People in an April 2012 interniew:
      “I just smile because I survived it,” he said of his reaction to the footage. “When I see it, I can’t believe I survived it. I can remember what each one of those blows felt like. But I still can’t believe I survived it.”

      R.I.P. Rodney….Rest in paradise.

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    • Acquitta says:

      Darn @ Nicole, that’s sad 😦

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    • RandomChick says:

      he said he was @peace? wow… 😦

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  42. RandomChick says:

    This makes me soooooo sad. 😦 he survived police brutality but still died young 😦

    RIP Rodney.

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