King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, called police at approximately 5:25 Sunday morning. King was found by responding officers at the bottom of the pool in Rialto, CA. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
In 1991, King was beat by Los Angeles police. The incident was caught on camera and sparked riots after the four officers involved were acquitted. The video depict King cowering on the ground while the four officers used nightsticks to strike him.