Rodney King, whose videotaped beating in 1991 sparked the Los Angeles riots was found dead early Sunday morning. He was 47.
Police in Rialto, Calif., found King’s body in a swimming pool after getting a 911 call from his fiancee, Rialto Police Capt. Randy Deanda told NBC News. Officers pulled King from the pool and began doing CPR but he was unresponsive.
King was transported to Arrowhead Hospital in Colton, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. PDT, Deanda said. msnbc
The riots occurred one year after the infamous beating when LAPD officers were acquitted of wrongdoing in the videotaped assault. Rodney King was tasked to address the riots in which he uttered his famous phrase ‘Can’t we all just get along’?