Rodney King, the man whose 1991 beating by police led to deadly riots in Los Angeles a year later, has been found dead in a swimming pool in California.
King, whose treatment came to symbolise racial tensions in the United States, was 47.
His death was reported to police yesterday morning in Rialto, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.
"Preliminary indications are that this is a drowning with no signs of foul play," Rialto police said in a statement.
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