Rodney King Found Dead In Swimming Pool [VIDEO]
Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 led to LA race riots, has died at 47.
King, 47, was found dead in his home by his fiance, his representative Suzanne Wickman confirmed to KABC TV in Rialto, California. TMZ reports that he was found dead early Sunday morning in the bottom of a swimming pool. Emergency crews removed him from the pool and unsuccessfully tried to revive him.
King was stopped for speeding in March 1991 by four officers who hit him more than 50 times, kicked him and shot him with stun guns.
A bystander videotaped the beating. The officers were acquitted a year later, sparking a riot that would leave 55 people dead and more than 2,000 injured.
King became famous for his plea, “Can we all get along?” in a news conference during the height of the riots.
Wickham is also an author with Harper Collins, who published King’s recent book `The Riot Within .My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.’
The Associated Press contributed to this report.