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Rodney King's fiancée: 'Why I couldn't save him'

HAPPIER TIMES: Rodney King and Cynthia Kelly (bottom)

RODNEY KING'S fiancée, Cynthia Kelly, allegedly said that she did not jump in the swimming pool that he died in to help, because she is 'not a great swimmer'.

Kelley, who found the 47-year-old's body at the bottom of their private swimming pool, said she heard a 'splash' shortly after going to bed alone around 2 a.m last Sunday, according to Yourblackworld.

It has also been reported that in the hours leading up to King’s death, Kelley told friends that he had been smoking marijuana and had been 'drinking all day'.

Shortly after new of King's death hit the news Rialto police's Captain Randy De Anda said that there were no preliminary signs of foul play and no obvious injuries on King's body.

De Anda also said he did not see any drug paraphernalia 'or anything that would indicate that Mr. King was intoxicated' at the scene, but a toxicology screen would be performed, CNN reports.

Famous past

King's beating after a high-speed car chase in 1991 and its aftermath forever changed Los Angeles, its police department and the dialogue on race in America.

An amateur cameraman caught the scene as four white police officers struck King more than 50 times with their wooden batons and used a stun gun on him.

The video of the beating appeared on national television two days later, focusing attention on the issue of racially-motivated police brutality.


FOUND DEAD: Rodney King

King said as the officers beat him, they yelled, "We are going to kill you, n***er," although the officers denied using racial slurs.

Four LAPD officers - Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sgt. Stacey Koon - were indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force by a police officer.

But following a three-month trial in the predominantly white Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley, three of the officers were acquitted of all charges. The jury, which had no black members, deadlocked on one charge of excessive force against Powell, and a mistrial was declared on that charge.

African-Americans in Los Angeles exploded in outrage. Rioters ran through the streets - looting businesses, torching buildings and attacking those who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The violence was responsible for more than 50 deaths and $1 billion in property damage.

On the third day of rioting, King emerged from seclusion to make a plea: "People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?"

In later years, King had several more run-ins with the law, including a 90-day jail stint in 1996 for a hit-and-run involving his wife at the time. On the 20th anniversary of the beating in 2011, he was pulled over and ticketed for a minor traffic violation.

In 2008, King appeared on the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab. He also released a memoir, The Riot Within, in which he describes his difficult upbringing and his reflections on the beating and its aftermath.

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