​Rodney King Drank, Smoked Marijuana Before Death

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June 18, 2012

Rodney King , whose famous 1991 beating by Los Angeles police was captured on home video, was found dead in a swimming pool Sunday at his home in Rialto, California.

Rodney King, 47, was discovered by his fiancée, Rialto police Captain Randy De Anda said. Police pulled his body from the swimming pool but were unable to resuscitate him, De Anda said.

The Rialto police department is conducting a drowning investigation and De Anda said there were no preliminary signs of foul play.

King’s fiancee said she last saw him 5 am when he stripped off his clothes and began banging on the window. She said he had been drinking and smoking marijuana all day Saturday. She then heard a big splash and realized he jumped into the pool before calling 911.

King was recently on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab program with Dr. Drew to seek recover from an alcohol addiction.

King became a national figure in discussions on race and police brutality after he and some friends were stopped by Los Angeles police on March 3, 1991, after a high-speed chase.

King was beaten by baton-wielding officers while a bystander filmed them. When the officers were cleared of brutality charges, riots broke out in Los Angeles, resulting in 53 deaths and an estimated $1 billion in damage.