Civil rights activist, Rodney King, was found at the bottom of a pool at his home in Rialto, California by his fiancée Cynthia Kelley, who is claiming the 47 year-old had been drinking and smoking weed in the hours prior to his tragic death.
King’s fiancée allegedly said he had been drinking all day Saturday and even smoked weed at some point during the day. Cynthia went to bed at 2 a.m., before she was awaken by King screaming and banging on glass in the backyard at around 5 a.m.
Cynthia went to grab the phone, probably to ask for help, when she heard a splash. Back in the backyard, she discovered King in the bottom of the pool, immediately calling the police. Unfortunately, when paramedics arrived, they couldn’t revive King.
King’s close friends, who heard Cynthia tell the tale of the fatidic night, have warned the cops she might be lying or not telling the whole truth about what really happened leading up to King’s death.
They have reason to doubt the story, especially because King was apparently in good spirits and very excited about his forthcoming celebrity boxing match with Jose Canseco, which would have been announced at the end of the month.
The authorities are currently investigating the drowning, but there were no signs of foul play. An autopsy to determine cause of death by drowning will be performed.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said in an official statement:
“Rodney King has a unique spot in both the history of Los Angeles and the LAPD. What happened on that cool March night over two decades ago forever changed me and the organization I love. His legacy should not be the struggles and troubles of his personal life but the immensely positive change his existence wrought on this City and its Police Department.”
R.I.P. Rodney King.