Rodney King Dead at 47
TMZ is reporting the following background on the events leading up to his death According to our sources, King's fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, is telling friends King was at the house all day drinking, and he smoked marijuana at some point, before she went to bed at 2:00 AM.
We're told Kelley says she next saw King at around 5:00 AM when she was awoken by him screaming in the backyard. Our sources say Kelley found King naked, banging on the glass, and she called out to him, "What's wrong, Rodney?"
Kelley is telling friends she then went to grab her phone when she heard a big splash. She then went to the backyard and discovered him in the bottom of the pool and called police.
Paramedics attempted to revive King, but were unsuccessful.
King, who became the poster child for police brutality, could never put his troubled past behind him, even with the help of $3 Million plus dollars in settlement money from the City of Los Angeles.
King's death is getting major media play locally at the LA Times and nationally where his demise is the top story on the Drudge Report.
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