The coroner has released the report on Rodney King’s death, which was ruled as an accidental drowning. He had a mixture of alcohol and drugs in his system.
King died in his backyard pool on June 17th with alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP in his system, according to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office. Those drugs, combined with a heart condition, led King into cardiac arrhythmia. His blood alcohol level was 0.06. The report stated,
He was in a state of drug- and alcohol-induced delirium at the time of the terminal event and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool.”
It had always been a struggle with drugs and alcohol for King. He appeared on VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab” last year to try and beat alcoholism.
King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, had called 911 after she found King at the bottom of the pool. She told them she couldn’t save him because she can’t swim. Once police got there they said that there were were no initial “outward signs” of alcohol or drug use, but did confiscate what appeared to be marijuana plants. They also said King’s body showed no signs of trauma and no traces of blood were found around or in the pool. A neighbor said she had heard King crying in the backyard earlier in the night and Kelley trying to get him back into the house. Then there was a splash.
The Los Angeles riots in 1992 were provoked by King’s beating by the police in 1991. King was awarded with a $3.8 million settlement.