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Rodney King's Family Asking For Donations To Help Defray Costs Of $22K Funeral

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The family of Rodney King is asking the public for donations so they can lay the man, best known for being beaten by Los Angeles police officers, to rest.

King, 47, who was found unresponsive at the bottom of his pool in Rialto, died June 17.

The acquittal of the officers who beat King in the now infamous videotape led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

King was awarded a $3.8 settlement from the City of Los Angeles, according to Wikipedia, but after making bad investments and a string of drug-related arrests, it appears that money has dried up.

According to TMZ, none of that money is left to pay for his funeral costs, which are expected to be more than $22,000.

King is survived by three adult daughters who, with other family members, are trying to come up with the cash, but have issued a statement through a family spokesperson, asking people to contribute to a memorial fund, which has been established with Bank of America, account number 164104399391.

"Our family is looking forward to a swift investigation into the death of our father, as well as we put our faith in the authorities responsible for handling [the] matter," a statement from the family.

A funeral for King at Forest Lawn Hall Hollywood Hills is scheduled for June 30.

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