How Did Rodney King Die? Date of Death, Cause of Death, Age, and Birthday

Rodney King death

The activist Rodney King passed away at age 47, too young.

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At the conclusion of a high-speed chase, he suffered an excessive beating at the hands of LAPD police officers, which catalyzed the 1992 LA riots. 

He was married to Danetta Lyles from 1985 to 1988 and Crystal Waters from 1989 until 1996. He was also in a relationship with Cynthia Kelley from 2010 until his death. He had three daughters. His parents were Ronald King and Odessa King. 

How did Rodney King die?

Alcohol Poisoning caused Rodney King's death in 2012.

Information about the death of Rodney King
Cause of deathAlcohol Poisoning
Age of death47 years
ProfessionActivist, Author
BirthdayApril 2, 1965
Death dateJune 17, 2012
Place of deathRialto, California, United States
Place of burialForest Lawn, Los Angeles, California, United States


Waking up sober is a good day. I love being able to wake up and do positive things, to go to the gym.

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As far as having peace within myself, the one way I can do that is forgiving the people who have done wrong to me. It causes more stress to build up anger. Peace is more productive.

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People look at me like I should have been like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks. I should have seen life like that and stay out of trouble, and don’t do this and don’t do that. But it’s hard to live up to some people’s expectations.

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Over the years, a lot of rappers – Lil’ Wayne, Ice Cube – have used my name in their songs. I’m a real touchstone of history.

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What I’ve learned to do is arrest my addiction – arrest it myself, so I don’t get arrested.

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