Police: Rodney King Death Ruled Accidental
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A coroner's report says Rodney King had been drinking and was on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and accidentally drowned in June.
Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda said the report released Thursday confirmed a previous police conclusion that King died by accident, and the case will be closed.
King's videotaped beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 led to deadly rioting. He had long struggled with addiction.
DeAnda said toxicology tests showed that King had a blood-alcohol level of .06 and amounts of PCP, cocaine and marijuana in his system.
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.