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Rodney King

Rodney King, "the regular guy" was made famous by the videotaped brutal beating by Los Angeles police officers in 1991. King became more famous after the first court trial of the police officers resulted in much of east-central Los Angeles being burned to the ground.

Rodney King

And, not too long before his death,Rodney King told an interviewer that he had come to grips with what happened in the early 90's and had forgiven the police officers who so brutally and unnecessarily beat him.

King also showed remorse for all the damage and death caused by the rioting in Los Angeles in 1992. But when asked about some of the "demons" in his life, the drug and alcohol use, he somewhat hesitated when asked if he had gotten on top of them. It was as if Rodney King's addictions were always going to haunt him no matter where he went or how much time passed.

The fact is no one ever really gets on top of addictions to the point where they are never temped again to use them. Rodney King's addictions were no different. King became a celebrity because of what happened in the early 1990's, but he was still just a "regular guy" who had hopes and dreams like everyone else.

Can We All Get Along ...

The fact that King didn't want attention but just wanted to life to the full just like everyone else can be gleaned by his statement "Can't we all just get along?" that he made to the press during the rioting in 92'.

King wasn't just saying that everyone should put their guns, sticks and bricks down and go home, he also may have been trying to say, "Can't we just put this behind us and move on-and get on with our lives to the extent that we can?"

It was common knowledge that Rodney King was tired of being "the Rodney King" who was always asked about the unfair beating he took at the hands of the police and how he felt about the police. He was happiest when he was able to go on a fishing trip, ride his skateboard around the neighborhood where he lived, or swim in the pool in his yard-the pool that he was found dead in.

The future may show that Rodney King's addictions should have stayed in his private life and not in the news media or in the public arena. But, King did take his addiction issues public by doing a stint on Dr. Drew Pinsky's reality TV Show, "Celebrity Rehab."

Kingdom Come ...

Just before Rodney King died on June 17, 2012, around the time of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, in many ways he seemed happier than he had been in many years and had put much of his past behind him.

The coroner stated that though it was an accidental drowning without foul play that alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP were found in his bloodstream and contributed to his death.

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