Rodney King, whose beating at the hands of police officers sparked national outcry and eventually led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, died from an accidental drowning and had a number of drugs in his system including PCP and cocaine as well as alcohol, according to an autopsy conducted by Rialto, Calif., police.
The San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Department released an autopsy report on King, who was found dead by his fiancée at the bottom of his home’s swimming pool on June 17. Police told the L.A. Daily News that King’s blood alcohol level was .06%, and that illicit substances had been found in his body.
“There’s going to be no surprises. His death was ruled an accidental drowning,” Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda told the Daily News. “The investigation is now completed and basically the autopsy and toxicology reinforces our conclusions.”
San Bernadino Coroner’s officials say they believe the 47-year-old, a frequent swimmer, jumped or fell into the pool in a state of alcohol- or drug-induced intoxication.