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Those We Lost in 2012

Whitney Houston, Joe Paterno, Dick Clark, Ravi Shankar

(Newser) - Neil Armstrong would always be taking that first step onto the moon, and Dick Clark was forever "the world's oldest teenager." A look at some of the notables who died in 2012:
  • Etta James, 73. Blues singer best known for her enduring classic "At Last."
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Rodney King Was on PCP, Coke, Booze: Death Report

They all contributed to his pool drowning

(Newser) - Rodney King's cause of death is listed as drowning—but PCP, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol also played a role, his death report says. "In a state of drug and alcohol induced delirium," King fell or jumped into the pool where he drowned, the report says. "The... More »

Pot Seized From Rodney King Home

Autopsy complete, but toxicology results may not be known for weeks

(Newser) - Police investigating the death of Rodney King have confiscated marijuana plants and gardening tools from his home. King's body was pulled from the deep end of his pool Sunday morning and a police spokesman says that "even though we're investigating this as an accidental drowning, we're... More »

Friends Doubt Rodney King Death Story

They suspect fiancée Cynthia Kelley is hiding something

(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... More »

King Boozing, Smoking Weed Before He Died

Fiancée Cynthia Kelley says she heard screams

(Newser) - Rodney King drank all day yesterday and smoked marijuana for hours before dying at the bottom of his swimming pool early this morning, TMZ reports. Sources close to King say his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, tells them she went to bed at 2 a.m. and was awakened at 5... More »

Rodney King Dead at 47

Was found in pool by fiancee in possible drowning

(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... More »

Rodney King Identifies With Trayvon's 'Death Scream'

He wants everyone to give the justice system time to play out

(Newser) - It's not exactly his famous "Can we all get along" plea, but the sentiment is close: CNN catches up with Rodney King in regard to the Trayvon Martin case, and he's calling for patience and cool heads. "I am grieving, like the rest of us, for... More »

Rodney King Booked for DUI

Calif. police spot motorist committing 'multiple infractions'

(Newser) - Rodney King was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence yesterday after officers observed him committing "multiple infractions," TMZ reports. The 46-year-old King—whose videotaped beating by LAPD officers led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots—has had multiple run-ins with the law in the years since... More »

Rodney King to Marry Juror

Wife-to-be Cynthia Kelley 'a godsend,' he says

(Newser) - Rodney King will marry one of the jurors from the civil case he filed in against the city of Los Angeles after being brutally beaten by LAPD officers in 1991, RadarOnline reports. King, 44, will marry Cynthia Kelley, a member of the jury that awarded King a $3.8 million... More »

LAPD Chief During 1992 Riots Dead at 83

Controversial lawman Daryl Gates had bladder cancer

(Newser) - Daryl F. Gates, Los Angeles police chief during the city's deadly 1992 riots, has died. He was 83 and had bladder cancer. A tart-tongued career cop with a short fuse and a penchant for making controversial statements, Gates had been a flashpoint for controversy long before the riots that broke... More »

Rodney King Slugs it Out With Cop

'I know some people will see the irony,' says police brutality victim after boxing bout

(Newser) - Famous police beating victim Rodney King got a chance to pummel a cop—and came out a winner, reports the New York Post. King, 44, won a three-round celebrity boxing match against retired Philly cop Simon Adouad on Pay-Per-View this weekend. He next faces former Oakland A's player Jose Conseco.... More »

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