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Riots Figure Rodney King, 47, RIP

Just a few months ago, Rodney King was once again the center of attention as the world checked back in on the man whose videotaped beating by police sparked one of the nation's worst race riots. King had left Los Angeles behind, moving an hour east to a home where neighbors would often hear him splashing in the pool late at night. The physical and emotional scars from the more than 50 baton blows remained, but King struck an upbeat note on his life. "America's been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all," he told The Associated Press. "This part of my life is the easy part now." But King was found around 5:30 a.m. Sunday at the bottom of the swimming pool at his Rialto, Calif. Home. His death at age 47 is being treated as an apparent drowning and there are no signs of foul play, but Capt. Randy De Anda said autopsy results would be needed to determine whether drugs or alcohol were a factor/Anthony McCartney, Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo)

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