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Video: Rodney King Dies in Bottom of Swimming Pool at 47

| by Michael Allen

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 sparked the L.A. riots, was found dead in his swimming pool in Rialto, California on Sunday. He was 47 (video below).

Police said King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, discovered him at the bottom of the swimming pool in the early morning.

At 5:25 a.m., police pulled King out of the pool and attempted CPR, but could not revive him.

According to TMZ.com, Kelley, told friends that King spent Saturday drinking and "smoked marijuana at some point," before she went to went to bed at 2:00 a.m.

The cause of death is unknown, but police are investigating it as a drowning. Rialto Police Capt. Randy DeAnda told CNN there were no preliminary signs of foul play.

On March 3, 1991, King was beaten by four white LAPD officers following a DUI stop (video below). Footage shot by amateur videographer George Holliday showed the officers hitting King 56 times with batons and kicking him.

The four officers were acquitted of criminal charges, sparking the L.A. riot.

During the riot, King made his famous plea for peace: "People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?"

The Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement on Sunday: "Through all that he had gone through with his beating and personal demons, he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for his people to overcome and forgive."

In a civil suit, King got a $3.8 million settlement from the city of Los Angeles, but much of that money was blown on investments.

According to TMZ, King was scheduled to compete in a celebrity boxing match against baseball player Jose Canseco in August.