Police: Rodney King’s ‘Accidental Drowning’ Involved Drugs

Source: Stan Wilson and Alan Duke / CNN

Los Angeles – 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.

King was “in a state of drug and alcohol-induced delirium” and “either fell or jumped into the swimming pool,” said the autopsy report released by the San Bernardino County coroner Thursday.

“The effects of the drugs and alcohol, combined with the subject’s heart condition, probably precipitated a cardiac arrhythmia and the subject, thus incapacitated, was unable to save himself and drowned,” the autopsy summary said. “There is nothing in the history or autopsy examination to suggest suicide or homicide, and the manner of death is therefore judged to be accident.”

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