Rodney King Death: Friends Question Fiancee’s Drowning Report
As police prepare to open an investigation into the death of Rodney King, TMZ is reporting that two close friends of the 47-year-old counterculture icon are questioning the specific details, provided by King’s fiancee Cynthia Kelley, of what took place early Sunday morning.
According to the report, two unidentified friends spoke to detectives after hearing Kelley’s story numerous times — and claim it changed “a little bit” each time.
As of Monday, the Rialto Police Department have suspected no signs of foul play, but will conduct a drowning investigation, says TMZ.
An autopsy will also be performed.
King, who in 1991 became a symbol of police brutality when he was attacked by four members of the Los Angeles Police Department, died early Sunday morning of an apparent drowning.
Kelley claims she was awoken by screams from King at around 5 a.m. Sunday, before finding his body at the bottom of the pool at their home in Rialto, Calif.
According to a separate report by TMZ, sources say that Kelley has told friends that King had been drinking all day and had smoked marijuana in the hours leading up to his death.