Rodney King Dead at 47
Was found in pool by fiancee in possible drowning
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2012 10:24 AM CDT
On April 13, 2012, Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Rodney King, the motorist whose videotaped beating at the hands of white police officers spawned riots that engulfed Los Angeles in 1992, has been found dead at the age of 47. Sources tell TMZ that King's fiancee found him dead at the bottom of the pool early today; responders removed King from the pool and attempted CPR, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. A drowning investigation is expected. (See his pool and videos from his past at TMZ.)