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Rodney King dead at 47

Rodney King, the man whose 1991 beating by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department made headlines and later sparked the LA Riots, has been found dead, according to reports.

King was found dead in his swimming pool on Sunday, CNN reports. He was 47.

In 1991, King was beaten by seven LAPD officers following a high-speed chase, and the incident, caught on camera by a bystander, quickly drew the attention of news media and increased racial tensions in the city. The next year, some of the officers involved were tried and acquitted, sparking six days of riots in the city of Los Angeles.