News: Cocaine, Weed, Alcohol & More Contributed To Rodney King's Accidental Drowning

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New reports claim multiple drugs including cocaine and marijuana contributed to the death of 47 year-old Rodney King earlier this summer in California.

According to reports, various drugs played a big role in his accidental drowning.

Rodney King's death in June was the result of accidental drowning, although alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP found in his system were contributing factors, authorities said Thursday. King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in the swimming pool at his Rialto, California, home on June 17, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47. (CNN)

The case has now been closed with the possibility of King having committed suicide no longer up in the air.

The county coroner ruled the death an accidental drowning and listed "alcohol and multiple drug toxicity" as contributing causes, saying that traces of cocaine, PCP and marijuana were found in King's body. Rialto police Captain Randy De Anda told Reuters the case is closed. "Our investigation is now concluded," De Anda said. "The conclusions that our investigation revealed have been reinforced by the autopsy and toxicology report." The 19-page document, prepared by county medical examiner Dr. Frank Sheridan, ruled out suicide or foul play. (Reuters)

King reportedly used marijuana and drank alcohol with his fiancée hours before his death.

Before his death, Rodney King spent the night and early morning hours drinking and smoking marijuana at his house with a close friend and his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley. Kelley, who told police she was only drinking alcohol, said she had gone to bed and was awakened just before 5:30 a.m., when King, in the backyard alone, started pounding on the sliding glass door and screamed "Baby come and help me!" (Los Angeles Times)

Reports of his untimely passing hit the Internet in mid-June.

Capt. Randy DeAnda told CNN that the Rialto Police Department received a 911 call from King's fiance early Sunday morning. Police responded and found King unconscious at the bottom of the pool. He was transported to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. DeAnda said there were no signs of foul play and that police were conducting a drowning investigation. "Rodney King was a symbol of civil rights and he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time," the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement. "It was his beating that made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct." (North Country Public Radio)

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