Devastating news to report today, as we just learned about the sudden death of Rodney King. The former Celebrity Rehab patient was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday and paramedics were unable to revive him. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
King gained notoriety in 1991 when he was beaten by four Los Angeles police officers after a car chase. The beating was caught on tape and the officers’ subsequent trial and acquittal were the fuel for the L.A. riots in 1994. (The story of the riots was recently documented in the VH1 Rock Doc Uprising: Hip Hop And The L.A. Riots, which King also appeared in.) King gained even more recognition when he appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2008, and most recently, he appeared in an episode of Celebrity Rehab Revisited. King is survived by his fiancee, Cynthia Kelly and his two daughters. Our thoughts go out to all his loved ones at this time.
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