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.
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
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
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
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.