(LOS ANGELES) — Rodney King’s death last June has been ruled an accidental drowning.
King, the man whose brutal videotaped beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 touched off one of the worst race riots in U.S. history a year later, was found by his fiancee in a pool at the suburban L.A. home they shared.
At the time of his death, King was engaged to be married to Cynthia Kelly, one of the jurors from his civil trial. Los Angeles Police said that Kelly tried to save King but he had passed away by the time she tried administering CPR.
It also appears that King’s longtime problems with drugs and alcohol may have contributed to his death. The medical examiner said PCP, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol were all found in his body.
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