San Bernardino County coroner’s office has determined Rodney King’s death was the result of an accidental drowning, although a cocktail of alcohol and drugs in his system were contributing factors.
In 1991, King became a symbol for civil rights after his beating by L.A. police officers.
The autopsy and toxicology tests found cocaine, PCP, marijuana and alcohol in his system. His blood-alcohol level was .06. According to the report, those drugs, combined with a heart condition, led to a cardiac arrhythmia, .
The coroner’s report said:
“He was in a state of drug- and alcohol-induced delirium at the time of the terminal event and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool.”
Rialto police said:
No foul play is suspected and the police investigation of his death has been closed, .