Rodney King Had Alcohol, PCP, Cocaine And Marijuana In His System When He Died
Rodney King had a number of different drugs and substances in his system when he drowned in his pool back in June, according to the details in his newly released autopsy report.
The coroner who performed the autopsy states in the report that King was “in a state of drug and alcohol induced delirium” at the time of his death, and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool, where he subsequently drowned.
The report continues, “The effects of the drugs and alcohol, combined with [King's preexisting heart condition] probably precipitated a cardiac arrhythmia and [King], thus incapacitated, was unable to save himself and drowned.”
“There is nothing in the history or autopsy examination to suggest suicide or homicide,” the report states.
The report also states that officials who arrived on the scene found King naked and face down at the deep end of the pool, as well as a pitchfork, a hoe and a vacuum pool sweeper … all of which were used by King’s fiancee to try and fish him out of the water.
King’s fiancee explained to cops that the reason she didn’t go in after him was because she isn’t a good swimmer, and she was afraid to jump into the deep end where he was.
Rodney King became a household name in 1991 after a video recording of him being beaten by LAPD officers during a DUI traffic stop was aired on national television.
The following year, the officers involved were acquitted of all charges of police brutality, and the announcement of the verdict led to the infamous ’92 L.A. riots.
In response to the racial tensions that fueled the riots, King pleaded for peace with the famous question, “Can we all just get along?”
On the 20th anniversary of the beating in March of this year, King told reporters that he was happy.
King, who called himself a recovering addict, had long struggled with drugs and alcohol, and appeared on VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab” last year in a final bid to try and tackle his drug addiction and battle with alcoholism.