nah. he's dead. Rodney King, 47 years of trouble is gone. http://www.tmz.com/ is blowing it up. cnn is on it now too. found at the bottom of a pool. Rodney King -- the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots -- was found dead this morning in Rialito, CA. He was 47. According to our sources, King's fiancÃ©e found him dead at the bottom of a pool. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they responded to a call at 5:25 AM PT. We're told they physically removed King from the pool and attempted CPR. Our sources say he was pronounced dead at 6:11 AM. Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation.