Friday, August 24
Rodney King Death Report: "He was on that stuff and drowned"
King was under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and PCP according to his death report.
According to the report, the cause of death is listed as accidental drowning -- but the drugs were contributing factors.
The PCP is interesting because there was a theory around the time of the 1991 beating that Rodney displayed super-human strength because he was on PCP at the time. However, blood tests for the drug turned up negative.
In the report, the coroner says King was "in a state of drug and alcohol induced delirium" at the time of his death ... and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool.
The report continues, "The effects of the drugs and alcohol, combined with [King's preexisting heart condition] probably precipitated a cardiac arrhythmia and [King], thus incapacitated, was unable to save himself and drowned."
Cops also found a pitchfork, a hoe and a vaccuum pool sweeper in the pool ... which King's GF used to try and fish Rodney out of the water. The GF told cops she didn't go in after Rodney because she is not a good swimmer and was afraid to enter the water.
In other words, no matter how good a swimmer he was, he was so impaired that once he hit that water, it was a done deal with no one able to get to him in time.