Rodney King Cause of Death: Drugs, Alcohol, State of Delirium

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The body of Rodney King was discovered at the bottom of a pool by his fiancee last month, with the cause of death listed as "accidental drowning."

That may technically still be the case, but the official death report has come out and it's undeniable now that the man whose 1991 beating sparked riots in Los Angeles stumbled to his demise at the result of numerous substances in his body.

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It's unclear if he jumped or fell into the water, according to the coroner, but King was "in a state of drug and alcohol induced delirium" at the time of his passing.

"The effects of the drugs and alcohol, combined with [King's preexisting heart condition] probably precipitated a cardiac arrhythmia and [King], thus incapacitated, was unable to save himself and drowned," reads the report, which adds that King was lying naked in the deep end of the pool by the time EMTs arrived.

Cynthia Kelly attempted to rescue her fiance with items such as a pitchfork, a hoe and a vacuum pool sweeper - all of which surrounded the area, the report confirms - because she considered herself a poor swimmer and was afraid of jumping in.


Rodney King Biography

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Rodney King is most famous for the beatdown he took at the hands of white police officers in Los Angeles in the early 1990s, with their... More »
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