Rodney King drowned in drug, alcohol delirium

Police were called to King’s home on June 17 by his fiance, Cynthia Kelly, who told authorities she was awakened by a noise to find him at the bottom of the pool.

Rodney King was in a drug- and alcohol-induced “delirium” when he accidentally drowned in his pool, coroners ruled on Thursday.

The final autopsy report was issued by medical examiners in San Bernardino County two months after King, 47, was found submerged at the deep end of a swimming pool at his home in Rialto, a suburb about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

The death was ruled an accidental drowning, and listed “alcohol and multiple drug toxicity” as contributing causes, Rialto police Captain Randy De Anda told Reuters.

He said coroners found cocaine, PCP and marijuana in King’s body.

“Our investigation is now concluded,” De Anda said. “The conclusions that our investigation revealed have been reinforced by the autopsy and toxicology report.”

The findings of the autopsy and other postmortem studies performed by medical examiners “indicated he was in a state of drug- and alcohol-induced delirium at the time of this terminal event,” he said, quoting from the report.

The coroners concluded that King fell or jumped into his backyard pool, he added.

He said medical examiners listed abrasions and other signs of “minor trauma” consistent with someone drowning or being pulled out of a swimming pool.


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