Rodney King drowned in a swimming pool June 17. (Source: MGN)
RIALTO, CA (RNN) - Authorities investigating the death of Rodney King indicate his drowning was probably accidental.
According to the Los Angeles Times, King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, was inside King's house and heard a splash. She rushed outside to see King at the bottom of the pool, but because she does not swim well, she could not rescue him.
She called 911 at 5:25 a.m. Sunday. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but could not. He was pronounced dead at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, about 6:11 a.m.
According to the Contra Costa Times, at about 3 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor heard deep sobbing from outside King's house.
"I then heard someone say, 'OK, Please stop. Go inside the house,'" King's neighbor, Sandra Gardea, told the Times. "We heard quiet for a few minutes. Then, after that, we heard a splash in the back."
Reports indicate King was a good swimmer. However, he had suffered from the effects of the beating by Los Angeles police officers years later, and had a well publicized battle with substance abuse.
An autopsy is set for Monday.
King, 47, became a symbol of police brutality after Los Angeles Police tased him and struck him more than 50 times with their batons, resulting in 11 skull fractures and a busted eye socket. King had led the officers on a high-speed chase on March 4, 1991, and the beating was caught on video and shown around the world.
It was one of the first times citizen-captured video was used to implicate law enforcement misconduct.
After the officers involved were acquitted of charges in the case, riots erupted April 29, 1992 in Los Angeles, resulting in 54 deaths and millions of dollars in damage. More than 2,000 people were injured in the riots.
Kings famous words, "Can we all get along?" became the mantra for the need for improved race relations.
In a claim filed with the city, King said he sustained permanent brain damage, kidney damage and multiple broken bones, among other injuries.
The beating and subsequent investigation led to the resignation of then-police chief, Daryl F. Gates.
Four Los Angeles police officers, Sgt. Stacey Koon, Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, and Timothy Wind, were tried for excessive use of force. The trial was held in Simi Valley, CA, a predominately demographically white Los Angeles.
Two officers were later found guilty during a federal trial on civil rights violations. Two other officers were acquitted of the charges.
King later sued the city and received $3.8 million in damages.
In February 2012, King pled guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving after he was stopped by Los Angeles police on March 3, 2011.
Copyright 2012 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.
Friday, May 24 2013 9:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:46:35 GMT
The list of the names is a part of rotating lists of names. For example, the list used in 2012 is used in 2018. Each storm will be named alphabetically. The lists of names are chosen by World MeteorologicalMore >>
The names for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:16:39 GMT
(RNN) – When faced with a cleaver-wielding killer who'd just murdered someone, what would you do? For Ingrid Loyau-Kennet, the answer was obvious. Instead of running for her life, she engaged him inMore >>
A British woman voluntarily put herself face-to-face with an alleged terrorist and may have saved lives. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:18 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:18:48 GMT
The American Red Cross is accepting donations to aid in their response. Donations can be made a www.redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999. To donate $10 to the Salvation Army, text 80888 or visitMore >>
Here are ways to help victims of the Moore, OK tornado.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
(RNN) - A bridge in Washington has collapsed and at least two cars are in the water, according to KING 5 TV out of Seattle. The bridge is part of Interstate 5. There is no word on injuries. Copyright 2013More >>
A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:00:33 GMT
The story of Zach Sobiech, an 18-year-old who succumbed to osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on Monday, is touching hearts and changing the way people look at their time on Earth. Sobiech wasMore >>
The story of Zach Sobiech, a cancer patient who made it his mission to spread the joy of living to anyone he came in contact with, is continuing to inspire others after his death. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:55:08 GMT
(RNN) - Dozens of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life. Charles Ramsey, the guy who famously stopped eating his Big MacMore >>
More than a dozen of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:38:14 GMT
MOORE, OK - The trembling, mud-spattered dog whose photo went viral on Tuesday was not actually standing watch over her owner's body - her name is Susie, her owner is named Curtis Collins, and he's alive.ThanksMore >>
There's a happy ending to the story of the little dog who was found standing guard over a body after the EF-5 tornado that decimated her neighborhood in Moore, OK. Her owner is alive, and they have been reunited thanks to the viral photo. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:32 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:32:31 GMT
ORLANDO, FL (RNN) – A man with possible ties to a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was shot and killed after the FBI interviewed him early Wednesday. The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a manMore >>
A man killed Wednesday during questioning by the FBI said he and Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev were accomplices in a 2011 slaying. More >>