RIALTO, CA (RNN) - Authorities investigating the death of Rodney King indicate his drowning was probably accidental.
According to the Los Angeles Times, King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, was inside King's house and heard a splash. She rushed outside to see King at the bottom of the pool, but because she does not swim well, she could not rescue him.
She called 911 at 5:25 a.m. Sunday. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but could not. He was pronounced dead at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, about 6:11 a.m.
According to the Contra Costa Times, at about 3 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor heard deep sobbing from outside King's house.
"I then heard someone say, 'OK, Please stop. Go inside the house,'" King's neighbor, Sandra Gardea, told the Times. "We heard quiet for a few minutes. Then, after that, we heard a splash in the back."
Reports indicate King was a good swimmer. However, he had suffered from the effects of the beating by Los Angeles police officers years later, and had a well publicized battle with substance abuse.
An autopsy is set for Monday.
King, 47, became a symbol of police brutality after Los Angeles Police tased him and struck him more than 50 times with their batons, resulting in 11 skull fractures and a busted eye socket. King had led the officers on a high-speed chase on March 4, 1991, and the beating was caught on video and shown around the world.
It was one of the first times citizen-captured video was used to implicate law enforcement misconduct.
After the officers involved were acquitted of charges in the case, riots erupted April 29, 1992 in Los Angeles, resulting in 54 deaths and millions of dollars in damage. More than 2,000 people were injured in the riots.
Kings famous words, "Can we all get along?" became the mantra for the need for improved race relations.
In a claim filed with the city, King said he sustained permanent brain damage, kidney damage and multiple broken bones, among other injuries.
The beating and subsequent investigation led to the resignation of then-police chief, Daryl F. Gates.
Four Los Angeles police officers, Sgt. Stacey Koon, Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, and Timothy Wind, were tried for excessive use of force. The trial was held in Simi Valley, CA, a predominately demographically white Los Angeles.
Two officers were later found guilty during a federal trial on civil rights violations. Two other officers were acquitted of the charges.
King later sued the city and received $3.8 million in damages.
In February 2012, King pled guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving after he was stopped by Los Angeles police on March 3, 2011.
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