Foul Play? Friends Suspicious of Story Told by Rodney King’s Fiancee Rodney King’s family is suspicious over the drowning death of the man whose savage beating at the hands of the police triggered the deadly 1992 Los Angeles race riots. ‘We think it’s foul play. I don’t care what anyone says,’ King’s cousin, Latoya Anderson claimed yesterday. Relatives and friends claim the chain of events leading to the discovery of 47-year-old King’s body at the bottom of his swimming pool on Sunday morning don’t add up.