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Rodney King: The Harrowing Details Behind His Death

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Well this is morbidly odd.

As we only just reported, Rodney King was found dead by fiancee Cynthia Kelley in his California home Sunday morning.

Now, Cynithia is reportedly claiming Rodney had been drinking heavily and smoking marijuana Saturday, before going to bed around 2:00am.

Apparently, Cynthia awoke around 5:00am to find Rodney naked, screaming, and banging on the glass from the backyard, at which time she called out to see what was wrong.

Cynthia then supposedly grabbed the phone to call the cops, when she heard a splash.

When Paramedics arrived, they lifted Rodney’s body out of the pool and attempted CPR, but to no avail.

So tragic. So sad.

Again, so much love going out to Rodney’s family and friends during this time.

[Image via AP Images.]

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71 comments to “Rodney King: The Harrowing Details Behind His Death”

  1. Amon says – reply to this


    I am still so confused. Maybe I haven't looked at all the information, but why didn't she try and get him out of the pool before police arrived?

  2. 2

    Re: Amon – I wondered that too. If she heard the splash, why didn't she do something?

  3. 3

    Re: rosebud99 – I don't know if I'd be eager to get out of bed to go confront some naked dude who had been screaming and pounding on the windows. Yeah, he may have been her fiance, but who knows what his frame of mind had been to prompt that kind of behavior? If it was a case of self-preservation, I don't blame her. I know I'm not going to run out and confront someone who's behaving in a crazy manner.

  4. frogger says – reply to this


    Bath Salts?????

  5. 5

    Re: Omniscient Gal – i agree. he could of been dangerous.

  6. 6

    Police humiliated him in front of the world. He was an addict and couldnt stay sober. RIP.

    I just wish when his girlfriend heard a splash she would have gone in and pulled him out. Don't get that.

  7. Pat says – reply to this


    Who. Cares ? He's a nobody. A drunk and pothead tried to run from he cops

  8. swift says – reply to this


    Re: ParisIsBurning – ignorant broad

  9. Suzanne says – reply to this


    He was a thug ,,,,typical ending and no suprise.

  10. 10

    His "girlfriend" or "baby-momma" or whatever was obviously smart and decided to call for help but not intervene. She did the world a favor and vindicated the LAPD. All the trouble this loser caused and most were correct in predicting he wouldn't last long.

  11. 90210 says – reply to this


    That Gold Digger let him drown int he pool.

  12. 12

    You hear a "splash" and don't do anything?? WTF??

  13. wlljohn7 says – reply to this


    I watched my city burn. The King beating was the final match that lit that fire. He was a habitual criminal and drug abuser elevated to the level of a martyr because of the brutality of the police and the ugly racial divide in this nation. So if he died stoned and drunk and under suspicious circumstances then, oh well, it was to be expected. I just think about the waste it all was, having to drive past the parts of LA ruined in the riots that were never rebuilt.

  14. 14

    Don't ASSume shit dumb ass posters. He was an addict and a human being. Good or bad, RIP.

  15. 15

    just ANOTHER drunk and drug addict, bites the dust. other than his family, who cares??

  16. Derfjr says – reply to this


    Are You Kidding Me. This Man Was A Waste Of Human Life. No One Deserves To Die But Man Is Now Were He Belongs. IN HELL!!!

  17. Nikki B says – reply to this


    Re: Pat – Wow…your an asshole.

  18. nikki b says – reply to this


    Re: ParisIsBurning – Wow, you are as racist as they come. How dare you call someone the "N". It crazy how people can talk shit online but would never call a black person, the "N" to their face.

  19. 19

    Re: Austin TX – People died because of this piece of crap. He was high and cracked out then and he died t he same way. Too bad it wasn 't before the LA riots. That could have all been avoided.

  20. nikki b says – reply to this


    Re: kissofDeath – Agreed. People hide behind avatars talkin shit about Rodney like he wasnt a human being. These are the same people that "online bully". smh!

  21. 21

    I can't believe how disgusting all you people are saying good riddance and racist comments, I hope you all go to hell. Absolutely pathetic you all are.

  22. nikki B says – reply to this


    Re: LiberalsMakeMeSick – Wow! With all due respect…or in this case NO RESPECT! You are an ASSHOLE. To put all that blame on Rodney is sad. I hope you seek therapy because your dumb ass is sick in the head.

  23. Nikki B says – reply to this


    Re: Derfjr – Last time I checked you were not the gate keeper for Heaven and Hell. So, how can you say someone went to hell. Seek Help!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Nikki B says – reply to this


    Re: LeVeLhEaDeD CaNaDiAn – Agreed! This is a damn shame that people are so blatenly disrespectful and they hide behind Avatars all day long.

  25. 25

    Rodney King dead. How sad. He had so much potential! LMAO
    Yeah right.
    Scumbag was arrested over a 12 times since the infamous altercation.
    My brother has arrested him twice.

  26. 26

    Re: Derfjr – Why the f**k u reading this article it u don't care? That's the problem with u racist people now,I'm pretty sure Rodney King life was better than yours! U probably been to jail use drugs or did sum bad things wasn't rite but its NOT RITE FOR NOONE TO JUDGE ANOTHER PERSON WE ALL HAVE TO ANSWER TO GOD NOT JUST RODNEY KING SO STOP SPECULATING ON RODNEY KING LIFE AND WORRY BOUT YOUR/YALL LIFE!!!!!

  27. 27

    Re: Nikki BRe: Derfjr – Waste of life? What the fuck are u? U racist bitches!!!!!!!!_!!

  28. 28

    Can we all just get alone?! Rodney King voice

  29. 29

    Oh puleeez, yall nutcases!! You know how difficult it is to pull a dead person out of 10-12 feet of water? That's dead weight lifting some 220-230 lbs as King was 6ft 3". Now how could this chic dive in the water and single handedly lift him out?? Even if she was a world class swimmer she needed help from at least 1-2 other people. Dumb asses.

  30. rockbottom says – reply to this


    ..in my humble opinion, I don't believe it was an accident. There were previous problems at the pool. This one ended in catastrophe. I have observed similar patterns in other deaths (movie stars). Coincidence??

  31. 31

    very sad a and obviously a troubled soul RIP really did not want to hear the details of moments before he died , just respectful to say he drowned and not that he was naked screaming and banging around just saying

  32. 32

    Went 100 miles an hour down a highway defied authority and could have killed an innocent family. Wins a lawsuit and squanders his money. Still manages to get arrested. No sympathy. Perez you forgot to add "loser" to the tags to describe this punk.

  33. Jimbo says – reply to this


    Sorry the guy took a racist beating was awarded $3.2 prior to that was a convicted fellon the money was a new chance and has been in trouble with the law ever since. His beating caused 53 deaths a $1billion in lost revenue showing the racists were the black people. Another scum bag gone the world moves on and the money goes to a new scum bag family memeber

  34. shuglet says – reply to this


    Re: kissofDeathRe: Nikki B – My thoughts exactly. I can't believe what a bunch of ignorant AH's that don't care about a human being. Drug addict or not it's a disease and it's sad that he never beat it. RIP, that saddest thing is reading posts from a bunch of LOSERS that don't give a shit and actually have the balls to write it…get a life!

  35. 35

    Re: shuglet – oh boo hoo. Rodney didnt give a crap about the countless people he selfishly put at risk when he CHOSE to outrun the law. He is no victim here. I don't care what color someone is green, blue, orange, gold just because of race does not give him a free pass to drive recklessly and break laws.

  36. harleigh69 says – reply to this


    Re: ParisIsBurningRe: ParisIsBurning
    Kneegger?? are you serious??? Keep your racist comments off this board. You disgust me.

  37. Sharon says – reply to this


    What is wrong with you people….sounds like you're the waste of human life. You have no compassion. How do you think his children would feel reading your dumb ass comments. Rodney has done a lot for our society. You neg. commenters should be ashamed of yourself. RIP Rodney My heart goes out to the family

  38. Shay De says – reply to this


    Re: ParisIsBurning – You're a mean old bag….I can't wait for the day we don't have this ignorance. Sounds to me like you are the "Kneeger"

  39. Mangoesandflowers says – reply to this


    Sounds very foul foul play.. and its patheticly sad for the lack of compassion of human life with all the racist comments still in his death.. Geez! goes to show we still cant get along

  40. 40

    Re: Omniscient Gal – all sounds odd

  41. 41

    Black people don't know how to swim. It boggles the mind why he would have a pool. Could have seen this coming.

  42. Amir Dread says – reply to this


    Re: swift
    ……It's so unfortunate that you would say that. I trust that if you take a moment to think about what is going on here, and if you take into adequate account that a relatively young man who was royally beaten by racist police just died quite sensessly, and especially if you pay mind that he had a family just like you and me, you'll totally regret that insensitive, mostly thoughtless comment.
    …You're not a bad person. You're just parroting nonsense you've heard throughout your life because you've been around racist, bigoted, bitter, dysfunctional, counterproductive, ignorant mmotherrfucckers.

  43. Kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    fuck that! not sad at all!! this guy single handedly ruined so many lives; it's an absolute blessing he is finally gone. he put an innocent man behind bars and ruined an entire family because he decided to do PCP and lead hard working LAPD officers on a dangerous high speed pursuit, and we're supposed to be saddened by his death??? let's stop enabling bad behavior and face reality. He was a troubled, law breaking addict who caused a lot of unnecessary trouble for innocent people. Thank God he is finally gone! Best Father's day gift for Stacy Koon EVER!!!

  44. Kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: Amir Dread – just so you know, the officers who beat Rodney King were NOT racist! King resisted arrest, led cops on a dangerous high speed pursuit and then brutally attacked officer while obviously on PCP, and the officers responded the way they were trained to do so. it had nothing todo with the color of his skin, it had to do with the fact that he was ridiculously strong and violent from his PCP high, and that he attacked the officers first. the infamous video that portrayed the LAPD officer beating him did not begin recording as soon as he was pulled over; instead a local resident hear the commotion, had time to retrieve and prep their camera, only to record the final straw of LAPD officers forced to result to violence after being attacked. If surveillance camera had witnessed the full story, King would have been commended as a brutal, violent druggie, and the LAPD officers as heroes. Please do your research, its actually a heartbreaking story of how unfairly these officers were treated for only trying to protect us and do their jobs.

  45. 45

    Re: Austin TX – Where did you get that he was an addict? It's people like you that love to create mendacious stories with no way to support your accusations.

  46. kimberly castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: Snookietoes – amen

  47. 47

    Re: Kimberly Castrellon – May you and your loved ones burn in hell. You have no right to say who gets to live and who doesn't.

  48. 48

    Re: wlljohn7 – I didn't know that you "owned" a city? "my city burn"… Really?

  49. Kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: luvs2hustle – good for your brother:) thank him from me. i'm sorry he has to deal with such scum

  50. kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: LeVeLhEaDeD CaNaDiAn – do your research. in all fairness and compassion, he was a very bad person who hurt a lot of innocent people. i'm all for being forgiving and understanding, but he really was such heartbreakingly cruel to others. maybe he didn't realize it, maybe he was under control of drug addiction disease, but he really hurt many innocent people, many i know as friends.

  51. kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: Chanbo – i agree, i'm not trying to say that. only that we shouldn't praise someone who choose bad behavior, that's all. of course every life is precious, but he choose drugs and crime and hurt a lot of nice people i know personally, that's all i'm saying. sorry to offend you. i would never say he deserved to die. only that we shouldn't be so quick to mourn someone who was, in reality, a pretty mean, selfish person.

  52. kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: Chanbo – he WAS an addict. that's a real known public fact. he has been arrested 12 times for narcotics and was even featured on Celebrity Rehab. look it up. no offense, but educated yourself, you might be very surprised. this isn't a race or pride thing, it's just the simple truth. trust me< i wish i was wrong.

  53. 53

    Re: kimberly Castrellon – And who the fuck are you to stand in judgment of anyone?

  54. kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: Amir Dread – they were not racist. as a respectful human being i kind fully ask that you do research and stop spreading hateful lies that this situation had anything to do with race. he broke the law and was on PCP which makes people very violent and very strong. i don't mean to offend you, but really the real story is very interesting and heartbreaking; the cops we're really only trying to do what they thought was right. it breaks my heart that most people turn this into a race thing; it only makes the problems worse. we're all equal, no matter what color we are. but this man broke the law; MANY times, and he habitually used PCP which often makes you do very silly, very dangerous things. it's sad when anyone dies, but lets not fuel the racist flames, and support bad behavior.

  55. kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: Chanbo – i'm not. and neither are you. just saying, let's be responsible adults and not condone bad behavior, that's all. also, if we are going to pass judgement, let's educate ourselves with facts. i'm sorry if i offended you, not my intention. peace and love my friend. that's what i believe in. but i have to say, rodney did not believe in peace and love, he believed in drugs and self satisfaction.

  56. kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: Chanbo – okay Chanbo, you're right. he was a saint and we should all mourn his death, let's all pray there's more Chanbo's and Rodeny Kings in the future, the world will be a wonderful place…:) just FYI, rodney king has made over 5 million dollars; for doing PCP not pulling over and for someone filming him being subdued after his brutal attacks on law enforcement. of that money, he never once donated to charity, filed for bankruptcy 4 times, and drowned in a pool that us tax payers paid for. because he was high off drugs that we also payed for. without a doubt, there should be more of him around. praise black people, i love you completely. this has nothing to do with race. good night

  57. kimberly Castrellon says – reply to this


    Re: kimberly Castrellon – black people are awesome, without a doubt, but rodney king was not. simple as that. there's bad people of every color. not everything is a matter of race, not everyone see's color like that, it's just a matter of character

  58. ANTHONY CAREY says – reply to this


    Re: LiberalsMakeMeSick – He never made the police beat his ass up, people died because of the racist/fascist attitude of people and police like yourselves, sick twisted people who just want to hate. He's dead, whatever he did or didn't do in his life, unless he actually did something personally to you, SHUT THE F*CK UP!

  59. 59

    Re: Austin TX – good for her not to pull him out. no loss there.

  60. 60

    Re: ANTHONY CAREY – aww how sweet a disgruntled lover

  61. 61

    Let this be a lesson to us all. Perez has divided us and continues to do so by posting controversial non-celebrity news. When I read the headlines about the death of Rodney King I was first struck by how young he was (and how young he was when the beatings happened). I had recently viewed him on a television interview and thought how "damaged" he was, still bravely telling his message of hope and peace but evidently living with the demons that consumed him his whole life. I hope he is at rest now.

  62. 62

    Something sure doesn't make sense about this story! Either way it is sad. I saw an interview with King not long ago & he was very candid & seemed as though he really was pulling his life together. Seemed like a totally cool guy.

  63. ashley says – reply to this


    Re: Suzanne – have more respect.

  64. susana says – reply to this


    Re: Derfjr – really? have some respect. if u dont have anythin nice to say why say it.

  65. 65

    Many are confusing the separate issues of police brutality, jury nullification, and rioting with a man who had problems with addiction. He did not call for the riots in LA, they were in response to a double injustice done to him.

  66. 66

    Re: ParisIsBurning – Racism and racist remarks like yours are disgusting and hurtful. I pray for scum like you.

  67. 67

    I would first like to say that everything in America in motivated by race. And black, white, mexican or any other race you are, you are a damn fool if you don't know that. Rodney King's moral capacity and character have nothing to do with the fact that he is now dead. Have some respect for this human being, have compassion for this man who was obviously troubled. Do not riducule this him, HE IS DEAD! If we were all judged in death by the things we did in life…we'd all be in hell for one reason or another. God bless his soul, I pray that he is now at peace.

  68. 68

    Re: Deja Vu – Thank you, why do people not understand that? Did we ever see Rodney King participate and any rioting? Those were people that are tired of injustice for our people!

  69. Trey Germane says – reply to this


    Re: NorCaliAli – Exactly!!!

  70. Moonbeam says – reply to this


    Re: LiberalsMakeMeSick – People did not die because of him, tragic though their deaths were. The peripheral cause was racism and police brutality, the extent of which is hard to believe unless you lived in L.A. during that period of time. I did. I am a white woman, but what I had seen police do to some of my Black and bi-racial friends was unbelievable. Conditions are better now, and largely because of the Rodney King saga. I know people who knew him. He was a warm and "gentle giant," except at times when under the influence. There are white celebrities today who are not warm and gentle people even when they are straight and sober. This is not a liberal/conservative issue.

  71. mdh says – reply to this


    The media made it sound like the girlfriend happen to wake up at 5 am and found him in the pool, the news reports did not mention that he was yelling and banging on the window before he drowned. Was she afraid of him? why did she choose to call 911 instead of just letting him in?