R.I.P. Rodney King, Dead at 47

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

According to TMZ sources, King’s fiancĂ©e 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 was in and out of jail in recent years. He reportedly died penniless.


23 Responses to “R.I.P. Rodney King, Dead at 47”

  1. 1
    Tami Hoodrat Roman Noodles says:

    It was a long time coming.

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    DownBottom says:

    :sad: 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. :(

  3. 3
    OutsidetheBox says:

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

  4. 4
    OutsidetheBox says:

    ommgee who is that up there… hi @Tami :hehe:

  5. 5
    OutsidetheBox says:

    DB :hug:

  6. 6
    DownBottom says:

    :yahoo: @OTB! How r u hon?

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    ELove says:

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

    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 :coffee:

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    Tami Hoodrat Roman Noodles says:

    Hey @Outsidethebox

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    missmiami says:

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

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    lovezoe says:


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    Yardgirl says:

    :( R.I.P. Rodney

  12. 12
    LadeeA says:

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

  13. 13
    Usual Suspect says:

    And we still not getting along.

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

  14. 14
    hell_on_heels 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….

  15. 15
    RachelRachel says:

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

  16. 16
    missmiami says:

    2012 has not been kind to celebs

  17. 17
    wilhelmina99 says:

    R.I.P. Rodney

  18. 18
    MZ_CARAM3L74 says:

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

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    Xena68 says:

    I wonder how he drowned was he drunk or high or both.

  20. 20
    Usual Suspect says:

    It was probably both, he couldn’t let those demons go. So sad

  21. 21
    GAGIRL87 says:

    Something is VERY suspect about his death :think:

    Rodney King was nice looking back in the day :yes:

    RIP Rodney :(

  22. 22

    It kindof makes me think of the movie Final destination. May his soul rest in peace

  23. 23
    Flawless says:

    “Can’t we all just get along” Good Morning everyone :waves:

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