Civil rights figure Rodney King has died at the age of 47.
According to CNN, Rodney, whose beating by police in 1991 became the catalyst for the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was found dead in his swimming pool yesterday.
CNN reports that King was found early on Sunday morning after his fiancée Cynthia Kelly placed a 911 call to the Rialto, California police. Officers arrived at the scene to find King's body at the bottom of a pool, and he was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital.
Captain Randy DeAnda said that police would investigate the crime as a drowning, adding that there were no obvious signs of foul play at the scene or suspicious injuries to the victim's body.
Following his death, musicians and artists around the world have come together to pay tribute.
“I found no humor in the death of the man who symbolized the cries of the community against rogue law enforcement..RIP Rodney King #Salute,” 90s star MC Hammer tweeted.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa also paid his respects by tweeting,
“RIP Rodney King. #Retweet for Respect.”
Meanwhile, rap sensation The Game posted an instagram picture of Rodney, along with the message,
"Rest In Paradise "Rodney King" april 2nd 1965 - June 17th 2012."
‘X Factor’ judge Paula Abdul also paid tribute on Twitter,
“#RIP Rodney King. He put an unforgettable spotlight on police brutality. May he rest easy,” she wrote.
King was an iconic symbol and key figure in one of the biggest race riots in history after the police officers, captured striking him more than 50 times on video, were acquitted of the crime.
At the height of the violence, the then 25 year-old, famously said,
“Can we all get along?”
Our hearts and thoughts go out to Rodney and his family.
Written by Jennifer Fletcher