declared dead at the hospital in Rialto, California. His fiancée found King at the bottom of their swimming pool on the 5:25 AM of June 17, 2012. Rodney was just 47 years old and CPR was performed by the 911 team after removed him from the pool but it’s too late.
According to his fiancée Cynthia Kelley that King and friends had been drinking all day and smoking marijuana. She was woken by King banging their glass door and screaming as minutes later she heard a splash in the pool. Rodney King’s death is being treated as a drowning. No foul play is suspected but still an investigation will be conducted.
Rodney King become the symbol of racial issue in America after the incident happened on March 3, 1991that was beaten by white police officers after a car chase. The incident was recorded on video by a bystander and given to the media. TKing almost died in that incident. The four police officers were tried but acquitted months later. This sparked riots in Los Angeles resulting to several deaths and injuries, and extensive damage to many properties.