Reports: Rodney King dead at 47 | News

Rodney King, the man at the center of one of the United States’ most controversial court decisions and most damaging cases of civil unrest, was found dead Sunday morning, according to TMZ. He was 47.

The entertainment site’s sources say King’s fiancée found him dead at the bottom of their Rialto, Calif., home’s swimming pool early this morning. Police reportedly extracted King from the pool and attempted CPR, but to no avail. He was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. PST. There are no more details at this time.

King was thrust into the national spotlight in 1991 after being brutally beaten by police on the side of a Los Angeles expressway. The beating was captured on videotape, the broadcast of which lead to widespread calls for the officers involved to be punished to the full extent of the law. After a week of deliberations in the 1992 trial, all four accused officers — three of whom were White, the other Hispanic — were acquitted of assault charges, sparking six days of rioting throughout South Central Los Angeles that left 53 people dead and caused nearly a billion dollars worth of damage.

VH1 recently marked the 20th anniversary of the riots by airing a documentary entitled Uprising: Hip-Hop and the L.A. Riots, which can be viewed here.

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