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article imageRodney King’s family needs help covering funeral costs

By Yukio Strachan     Jun 26, 2012 in World
The daughters of Rodney King are seeking the public's help for donations so they can give their father, best known for being beaten by Los Angeles police officers in 1992, a proper burial.
“What they want to do is just be able to put their father to rest and have some closure,” said Kali Bowyer, a publicist for the family told The LA Times.
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-million settlement from the City of Los Angeles following the police beating and the riots, according to The LA Times, but the money and fame brought him little solace.
Bad investments coupled with a string of drug-related arrests while helping family, King's family told TMZ ... there is basically no money left over to pay for his funeral costs, which are expected to run north of $22k, CBS news reports.
“As Rodney’s friend, Rodney wholeheartedly deserved that money that he got,” Bowyer said. “Did he make the best of choices? No, but he changed a lot as he grew older.
Kings’ three daughters have established the Rodney Glen King Memorial Fund through Bank of America in Los Angeles County, and Bowyer said interested donors may contribute by calling or stopping at a branch. She said the daughters are still searching for King’s life insurance policy and are undecided on what to do with his house.
"He had children and he had grandchildren that he had to help support," Bowyer added. "When you start dwindling down that $3 million, it goes quickly.”
King leaves behind three daughters, Candice 30, Dene 28 and Tristan King 19.
King is scheduled to be laid to rest on June 30. The service and dedication ceremony for King will be held at 2 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Hall of Liberty in Hollywood Hills, according to a statement from the family.
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