rodney king *Details began to emerge Sunday about the death of Rodney King, a key figure in the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

As we reported earlier, King was 47 and died of an apparent drowning at his Rialto, California home.

Here’s an update from the LA Times:

King’s fiancée called 911 about 5:25 a.m. and said she found King at the bottom of his pool, Sgt. Paul Stella said.

A short time earlier, Cynthia Kelley had talked to King, who was outside, through a sliding-glass door, said Rialto Police Capt. Randy DeAnda. She then heard a splash and ran out, DeAnda said. She saw King at the bottom of the pool at the deep end, he said.

Kelley is “not a great swimmer,” DeAnda said, explaining why she did not jump in. Police arrived moments later and an officer jumped in the pool and pulled King’s body onto the deck.

“There were no signs of life,” DeAnda said.

Next-door neighbor Sandra Gardea, 31, said she heard commotion in King’s backyard early Sunday morning. Gardea said about 3 or 3:30 a.m. she heard someone sobbing.

“It just sounded like someone was really sad,” she said. “There was a lot of moaning and crying. Another person was trying to console that person.”

King became a symbol for police brutality and the troubled relations between the LAPD and minority residents. He was eventually awarded a $3.8-million settlement, but the money and fame brought him little solace. He had repeated run-ins with the law and as of April said he was broke.

“I sometimes feel like I’m caught in a vise. Some people feel like I’m some kind of hero,” he told The Times earlier this year. “Others hate me. They say I deserved it. Other people, I can hear them mocking me for when I called for an end to the destruction, like I’m a fool for believing in peace.”

Read/learn more at the LA Times.

rodney king & cynthia kelly

Cynthia Kelly & Rodney King

Meanwhile, Rodney King’s fiancée is telling friends King had been drinking all day Saturday … and had been smoking marijuana in the hours leading up to his death, reports TMZ.

According to our sources, King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, is telling friends King was at the house all day drinking, and he smoked marijuana at some point, before she went to went to bed at 2:00 AM.

According to both the LA Times and TMZ reports, officers at the scene attempted CPR on King, which was continued when paramedics arrived.

King was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 AM.