Friends Doubt Rodney King Death Story
They suspect fiancée Cynthia Kelley is hiding something
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2012 6:39 AM CDT
Sandals are seen next to a pool where Rodney King was found dead in the bottom of the pool on June 17, 2012 in Rialto, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Two of Rodney King's close friends think his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, is lying about what happened in the hours before his death. Kelley says King, who had reportedly been drinking and smoking weed, banged on the window of their house around 5am yesterday and then she heard a splash. But friends heard her tell the story a few times and say she altered it just a bit each time, and they've told both TMZ and the police they fear she's hiding something. Meanwhile, in the Los Angeles Times, Kurt Streeter recalls his series of interviews with King this year, and writes that King was still drinking and still smoking pot (for medical reasons, he said).

"What I witnessed was a man still struggling against alcohol," Streeter writes, though King always appeared in control when the two saw each other and insisted he could manage his addiction. Despite his continuing struggles, Streeter writes, King appeared to be "headed in a positive direction," with a new book coming out, hopes for a movie about his life, and a loving fiancée. Hauntingly, Streeter also recalls that in the pool where he would eventually drown, King had inscribed two dates: 3/31/91, when he was beaten by police, and 4/29/92, when the resulting LA riots occurred. "I thought of putting the number of people who died [in the riots] down there on the wall, the number 54," King once said. "But that would be too much. Just too much death." Click to read Streeter's full piece.

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Even-Steven
Jun 19, 2012 12:03 PM CDT
I see this is in the celebrity section. Why?
Ultraworld
Jun 19, 2012 8:09 AM CDT
I saw a interview of the Police Woman who first encountered King when he finally pulled over that night. She said that he was drunk and began attacking her. She was ready to shoot him, but she didn't because there was a lot of traffic passing. If there was less traffic, she would have killed him & none of us would know who this guy was.
studious1
Jun 19, 2012 1:36 AM CDT
Unfortunately he killed many of his brain cells long before the police beating with the legal and illegal substances he used for reasons that only he truly knew. Had he just said "No" to them he'd most likely still be alive and unknown to the masses. The money he got only enabled him to fry his brain even further. I hope other people realize nothing good can come from using substances that can alter your mind and actions so drastically. It's a shame that he died so young and didn't find a way to turn his notoriety into teaching youth not to do what he did. He could have been such a great role model. I always felt sorry for him but only heard about his misfortunes most of the time. I hope now he has found peace with God cause the Devil had a grip on him for far too long.