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Rodney King In A “Drug-Induced Delirium” When He Died

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Rodney King, the man whose brutal beating by L.A. police officers–and their subsequent acquittal–started a massive riot in the streets of Los Angeles which killed 55 people, was high on a mixture of drugs and alcohol when he either jumped or fell into a swimming pool and drowned in June. His death has officially been ruled an accidental drowning.

King reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of .06, and toxicology reports showed traces of marijuana and cocaine in his system. A neighbor, Sandra Gardea, said she’d heard disconcerting sounds coming from his apartment earlier, like that of someone sobbing. He awakened another neighbor, Cynthia Kelley, by making odd grunting sounds outside her patio door. When he began stumbling around and fell over a planter, she called the police. But they didn’t arrive in time to keep King from falling into the water.

“Mr. King was in a state of drug- and alcohol-induced delirium at the time of the terminal event and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool,” Rialto Police Captain Randy DeAnda said. “Obviously, the effects of the drugs and alcohol combined precipitated some kind of cardiac arrhythmia, thus incapacitated Mr. King, and he was unable to save himself.”

King, who earned quite a bit of fame after an onlooker with a video camera taped his beating, received a multi-million dollar settlement check from the incident, but a string of arrests and a battle with drug use ate up the money. He’d recently published a book about his life, however, and was looking forward to what came next.

“America’s been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all,” he said. “This part of my life is the easy part now.”

Rodney King In A “Drug-Induced Delirium” When He Died


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  • Sarah

    Sad. From the footage I saw of him on Celebrity Rehab and from various articles I had read he seemed like a genuinely nice guy.

  • http://newbizshop.com Derek

    When King passed away, I read on some news outlets that he was drowned. That was a bunch of B.S. then and I was right. I was thinking he was high on something as he has had drug and alcohol problems in the past and many run in’s with the law.

    Rodney should of changed his ways after his large settlement from the beating that he should of never gotten. Nope, he spent the money on drugs and alcohol and not HELP.

    R.I.P. King. (I don’t mean to offend anyone but being honest)

    • E

      Wow, you must never do anything wrong Derek. What an angel you are. lol. First of all the man is dead. Have some respect. Further more, who are you to say how he should have spent his money… it was his money. Besides, you have no idea WHAT HE SPENT HIS MONEY ON . Probably it was none of your business anyway, ya think? That is what is wrong with the world, people are too busy trying to mow others yards when they should be trimming their hedges first.

  • E

    Wow, you must never do anything wrong Derek. What an angel you are. lol. First of all the man is dead. Have some respect. Further more, who are you to say how he should have spent his money… it was his money. Besides, you have no idea WHAT HE SPENT HIS MONEY ON . Probably it was none of your business anyway, ya think? That is what is wrong with the world, people are too busy trying to mow others yards when they should be trimming their hedges first. By the way… settlement he never should have gotten? Wow, youre a piece of work!!!

    • Kristine

      I believe he was murdered. The cops have had it in for him since the beating caught on tape.

      I do not believe it was accidental or those toxicology reports either.

      • http://webpronews Lillian Dean

        AGREE Whole heartedly
        MURDER!!!

  • Koolhed

    Rodney King had been trying to kill himself with drugs for years. Looks like he finally got it right this time.

    If you truly believe that Rodney King was murdered by “the cops,” please go to a nearby mirror and observe THE BIGGEST FOOL IN THE WORLD.

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