Over the past weekend Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool, at the age of 47. Rodney King was made a public icon in 1991 when his brutal beating by police officers was caught on tape. This incident in turn sparked the L.A. riots.

Reports say that King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, found him and called 911 at around 5:25 a.m. on Sunday June 17th. He was removed from the swimming pool and responding officers attempted to revive him, however they were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Thus far police say there are no signs of foul play, but they are conducting a drowning investigation. Friends of King say they find Kelly's story suspicious though. We'll update as more details become available.

Our condolences to his family.