I am deeply saddened to report that Rodney King, the man who withstood beatings from the LAPD back in 1991, has died at the age of 47.
His fiancée discovered his body at the bottom of his pool Sunday morning, around 5:00 A.M. She claims Rodney had been drinking and smoking some weed before she went to bed at 2:00 A.M.. Next thing she knew she was awakened by his screaming at 5:00 A.M. She yelled out to him, “What’s wrong, Rodney?” then heard a loud splash. Soon after she found his body at the bottom of the pool. She called paramedics who arrived on the scene and attempted to perform CPR, but to no avail. Rodney King was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:11 A.M.
The news of Rodney’s death upset me. If you happened to watch VH1′s Celebrity Rehab 2 with Dr. Drew or Sober House, you actually got to know the real Rodney. He was nothing like the media initially portrayed him. He was not a combative soul nor was he angry. He was simply a soft spoken, kind man who struggled with a multitude of demons.He seemed to be a favorite of Dr. Drew’s and fans alike.
Rodney seemed to get his life back on track for awhile while maintaining his sobriety and was participating in celebrity boxing matches as well. In fact, Rodney fought a member of the LAPD in a boxing match back in 2009, walking away with the win. He wasn’t showboat-y about it, nor was he doing it as an act of vengeance, but rather a way to keep himself focused.
Sadly, Rodney is the third member of Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab to have died in the past year. Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr died of a drug overdose in March 2011, and Grease star Jeff Conaway died of the same a couple of months later. After the deaths of Starr and Conaway, Celebrity Rehab was put on the shelf by VH1. Not canceled, but again, no plans for its return either.
Possibly the saddest part of this story is that Rodney King’s children have been left without a father on Father’s Day. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
RIP Rodney. Hopefully you have found true peace finally, my friend.