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Rodney King's death caused by accidental drowning
 
Rodney King in 1992 after the acquittal of the four LAPD officers who beat him on March 3, 1991: King was found dead in his swimming pool on Sunday. 
Rodney King in 1992 after the acquittal of the four LAPD officers who beat him on March 3, 1991: King was found dead in his swimming pool on Sunday. 
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An autopsy concluded that Rodney King's death in June was the result of accidental drowning, although alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and PCP were found his system and were contributing factors. No foul play is suspected and police have closed the investigation into his death. King became a symbol of the nation's continuing racial tension after his 1991 beating by Los Angeles police was caught on camera and subsequently led to a week of deadly riots. King was 47 years old when he died.

 

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