Rodney King Had PCP, Cocaine In His System During Drowning Death

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/ August 23, 2012

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP)–Rodney King had been drinking and was on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and accidentally drowned, a coroner’s report released Thursday concluded.

The report confirmed a police conclusion that King died by accident and the case will be closed, Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda said.

“The investigation is now completed and basically the autopsy and toxicology reinforces our conclusions,” DeAnda said.

King, whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 led to deadly rioting, had long struggled with addiction.

A call from King’s fiancee brought police to his Rialto home at 5:30 a.m. on June 17. Officers pulled him from the bottom of the pool and he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

His fiancée could not swim and attempted to revive King by prodding him with a pitchfork and hoe before authorities arrived, according to the report.

The San Bernardino County coroner’s report listed the cause of death as drowning “and the contributing cause was combined with ethanol (alcohol) and multiple drug toxicity,” DeAnda said.

Toxicology tests showed that King had a blood-alcohol level of .06 and amounts of PCP, cocaine and marijuana in his system, the captain said.

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