Rodney King dead at 47. Learn how alcoholism impacted his life.

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….In later years, King had several more run-ins with the law, including a 90-day jail stint in 1996 for a hit-and-run involving his wife at the time. On the 20th anniversary of the beating in 2011, he was pulled over and ticketed for a minor traffic violation.

“The trouble that (people) see me in is a part of my life that I’m working on,” he said in 2011. “I’ll always have an issue when it comes to alcohol. My dad was an alcoholic. The addiction part is in my blood. What I’ve learned to do is arrest my addiction — arrest it myself, so I don’t get arrested.”

In 2008, King appeared on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab.” He also released a memoir, “The Riot Within,” in which he describes his difficult upbringing and his reflections on the beating and its aftermath.

“He was a wonderful, sweet man,” said Bob Forrest, a Los Angeles-based musician and drug counselor who worked with King on “Celebrity Rehab.”

He said King struggled with his sobriety. “He and I would talk off and on. Sometimes he was doing great, sometimes not. He was always gracious, an honest and gentle soul.”

“He was a wonderful, kind and gentle man,” said Dr. Drew Pinsky of “Celebrity Rehab,” who also appears on CNN sister network HLN. “He was at the center of a maelstrom and was able to maintain dignity and really keep his head high in a way that was an example for all of us.”

–CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/17/us/obit-rodney-king/index.html

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