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Rodney King's Autopsy Reveals Drug Use
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Aug 23, 2012 - 12:21:26 PM

LOS ANGELES—Authorities revealed on Thursday, August 23, that Rodney King's death in June was due to an accidental drowning. However, there were traces of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP found in his system which more than likely were contributing factors to his death.
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According to reports, King was found dead by his fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, in his swimming pool at his Rialto, California home on June 17 at 5:25 a.m. He was removed from the pool by police, who performed
cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. He was officially pronounced dead at a local hospital. He was 47.

The autopsy report released by the San Bernardino County coroner stated that King was
"in a state of drug and alcohol-induced delirium" and "either fell or jumped into the swimming pool."

"The effects of the drugs and alcohol, combined with the subject's heart condition, probably precipitated a cardiac arrhythmia and the subject, thus incapacitated, was unable to save himself and drowned," the autopsy summary said. "There is nothing in the history or autopsy examination to suggest suicide or homicide, and the manner of death is therefore judged to be accident."


The police investigation regarding King's death has officially been closed as authorities concluded that no foul play was involved.


King sparked riots in 1991, when a video of him with four Los Angeles police officers was made public. Many assumed the interaction and the ensuing physical contact in the video were race-related, though King appeared to be disobeying police requests in the video and potentially breaking the law. A year after the rioting, the four officers were convicted in federal court. Two were found guilty and sentenced to 30 months in prison and the other two were acquitted.


Within hours, riots in Los Angeles turned deadly. 55 people died, more than 1,000 were injured, and there was $1 billion in damages. It was at this time that King made his famous statement, "Can we all get along?" King also sued the City of Los Angeles and received $3.8 million in damages.


King had many run-ins with the law before his death and declared he was broke in April. He also suffered from alcoholism and appeared on the show "Celebrity Rehab.
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