LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Autopsy results for Rodney King, the man at the center of an infamous police beating that ignited the 1992 Los Angeles riots, were deferred Monday pending additional toxicology results, the San Bernardino County Coroner said.
King died Sunday at the age of 47.
Rialto police Capt. Randy De Anda told KNX 1070 that the department arrived at a home in the 1000 block of East Jackson Avenue at 5:25 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from King’s fiancée, who reported that she found him at the bottom of his pool.
“Rialto police officers responded to the location and removed him from inside of the pool and began CPR. The Rialto Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Mr. King to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. this morning,” he said.
Rialto police are conducting a drowning investigation and have ruled out foul play as a cause of King’s death.
Monday’s autopsy began at 10 a.m. and was conducted by the San Bernardino Coroner’s Office. A final ruling for the cause and manner of King’s death will not be released until toxicology results are returned in four to six weeks, officials said.
King was a longtime resident of Rialto. He became known worldwide in 1991 when his arrest and beating by four LAPD officers was captured on videotape.
The officers involved in the incident were acquitted the following year, which prompted the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
In April 2012, King spoke candidly to CBS2/KCAL9 News anchor Pat Harvey about his life since the riots as well as his ability to forgive the officers.
“I just felt the support throughout the world not just here in America but the letters and the positive comments and feedback that I was getting since the beating. And people have forgiven me for some things that I’ve done and so, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I wasn’t able to forgive the officers,” he told Harvey.
Recently, he published, “The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.”
The entire interview can be seen below: