Rodney King was under the influence of cocaine, PCP, marijuana and alcohol when he died, TMZ reported Thursday, citing a just-released death report. After his untimely death on June 17, King's family quickly blamed his fiance Cynthia Kelley, but the autopsy frees her of all allegations.
The 47-year-old King was in a state of "drug- and alcohol-induced delirium at the time" and "either fell or jumped into the swimming pool," stated in the San Bernardino County coroner's report, the Los Angeles Times report.
When the drugs were combined with a heart condition it led to a cardiac arrhythmia, the report said. King's blood-alcohol level was 0.06.
"There is nothing in the history or autopsy examination to suggest suicide or homicide," the San Bernardino County Sun reported.
It's interesting that PCP had been found in King's system since the Los Angeles policemen who savagely beat him in 1991 said they believed he was on PCP at the time; the drug sometimes makes users insensitive to pain. But no traces of PCP were found in King's blood at the time of the beating in 1991, the Huffington Post noted.
King's lifeless body was found by his fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, at the bottom of the backyard pool in June where they lived together in Rialto.
According to Kelley, she woke up in the early morning when she heard King screaming in the backyard at about 5 a.m. After seeing that he was naked and banging on glass she grabbed her phone to call for help, and heard a big splash when her back was turned.
After the police beating and the Los Angeles riots a year later, King struggled with addiction and famously appeared on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." While on the show it seemed he was putting his best effort forth to kick his addictions. In his memoir "The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption," published just a few months ago, he admitted to using drugs and alcohol occasionally but insisted he was on the path to recovery.
When reporters spoke to King on the 21th anniversary of the beating in March of this year, just months before his death, King said he was happy, according to the Huffington Post.
Now that it's been determined that drugs and alcohol played a major role in King's death, do you think his family should apologize to his fiance for accusing her of any wrongdoing?