Rodney King has been found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool at the age of 47.
King was discovered by his fiancée Cynthia Kelley in Rialto, California this morning. She allegedly told friends King had been drinking all day and smoked marijuana.
In 1991, a video emerged of him being brutally beaten by four white police officers in Los Angeles sparking a debate about racially-motivated police brutality.
At around 5.25am, Miss Kelley made a 911 call, said police captain Randy DeAnda.
According to TMZ, she was woken up by the sound of King screaming in the back yard. She said that he was naked and banging on the glass. Then she heard a splash and discovered him in the swimming pool.
King was found in the water and removed by officers who performed CPR. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
There were no initial signs of foul play and police were conducting a drowning investigation.