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Rodney King, Whose Beating Led to L.A. Riots, Found in Bottom of Pool

King, 47, of Rialto, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. Sunday June 17, according to the San Bernardino County coroner.

Rodney Glenn King, the man whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots when officers were acquitted, was found at the bottom of a swimming pool Sunday morning in Rialto and pronounced dead at a hospital, the coroner reported.

Police and firefighters received a 911 call at 5:26 a.m. about a man "found floating in the bottom of a pool" in the 1000 block of East Jackson Street, according to the coroner.

"Officers dove in, pulled him to the pool decking and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived," coroner's personnel reported.

King, 47, of Rialto, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Rialto police were investigating.

King was arrested in on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence in Moreno Valley. He had been arrested before on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He also appeared on reality-based programs including "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House."

tom latham June 19, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Not feeling bad about this one...
Chuck June 19, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Always swim near a lifeguard. United States Lifesaving Association.

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