Rodney King, who became the face of police brutality after Los Angeles police officers were recorded beating him repeatedly, has died from an apparent drowning in his backyard swimming pool. He was 47 years-old.
King was found by his fiancee at the bottom of the pool in the early morning hours on Sunday. Neighbors say they would often hear him swimming very late in the night. Foul play is not suspected, but investigators will do tests to see if drugs or alcohol were a factor, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The unforgettable 1991 act of police brutality enticed race riots all over the country. King was 25 when he lead officers on a high speed chase. He suffered 11 skull fractures, facial nerve damage, and a broken eye socket after being kicked, hit with batons, and stunned with stun guns.