(NEW YORK) — Rodney King has died, ABC News has confirmed. He was 47.
King was made famous in 1991 when a videotape of Los Angeles police officers brutally beating him was broadcast nationwide. The acquittal of the officers the following year sparked deadly riots across Los Angeles.
The details of his death have not yet been confirmed.
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