SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Rodney King had been drinking and was on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and accidentally drowned, a coroner’s report released Thursday concluded.
The report confirmed a police conclusion that King died by accident and the case will be closed, Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda said.
“The investigation is now completed and basically the autopsy and toxicology reinforces our conclusions,” DeAnda said.
King, whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 led to deadly rioting, had long struggled with addiction.