Rodney King thanked fans in Very Last Word

Updated
Authorities are now investigating the cause of Rodney King’s death over weekend. Officials ordered toxicology tests, though results won’t be known for a few weeks. His body was found in a swimming pool on Sunday.

King became the iconic face of the 1992 L.A. riots. He was stopped for speeding and beaten by four Los Angeles Police Department officers. A bystander videotaped the brutal incident, in which police hit him more than 50 times, kicked him on the ground and zapped him with stun guns — sparking widespread civil unrest. After all was said and done, more than 50 people died, nearly 3,000 were injured and thousands of businesses were trashed.

Twenty years after his almost-deadly beating, Rodney King reflected on the infamous riots and gave his perspective on the killing of Trayvon Martin during an appearance on The Last Word. He was a guest on our show just a short time ago on April 25. In a Very Last Word web exclusive, he thanked supporters for keeping him alive. “I would just like to say thank you. Although I may not know who you are, or where you are, today,” King told The Last Word. “And even if you’ve passed away, I really appreciate the support over the years that I have received. I’ll always remember that, those prayers and people who kept me alive over the years.”

King was 47.

Los Angeles

Rodney King thanked fans in Very Last Word

Updated