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Rodney King Death Investigation: Cops Confiscate Marijuana Plants from His Home

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Just what caused Rodney King's death this weekend remains uncertain, however authorities have said that there were no "outward signs" of alcohol or drug use that may have led the controversial public figure to fall into his backyard swimming pool.

But there was evidence of a drug lifestyle at King's home.

Today, police in Rialto "confiscated marijuana plants as well as a wood-handled pitchfork and hoe into evidence," according to L.A. Now.

Additionally, King's fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, told friends that he had been drinking all day Saturday in the hours before she discovered his body at the bottom of the pool.

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Today investigators say they are "looking into reports by a next-door neighbor who said she heard the 47-year-old King in his backyard sobbing uncontrollably shortly before a splash." That neighbor also said she "also heard King's fiancée trying to coax him back into the house," but noted it was not argumentative.

Other neighbors say they didn't hear anything.

King was an avid swimmer, who often went in the pool at night and in the early morning.

There was no sign of foul play or trauma, and as TMZ reports, Rialto Police are saying they believe Kelley's description of the night's events. There are no suspects or people of interest in the case, either, adds the celeb site.

Currently, King's death is considered an accidental drowning, but investigators say they are pursuing all leads. Cause of death will likely take weeks to determine, as toxicology tests are conducted to "determine if King suffered from an undiagnosed medical condition that caused him to lose consciousness or if he had been drinking or was under the influence of drugs."

Alcoholism was a problem on both sides of King's family, and plagued him prior to his rise to infamy when he was seen on amateur video tape being beaten by Los Angeles police officers following a traffic stop. King had been in and out of rehab, but his most famous stint was on "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew." He never claimed to have been past it, and he told LAist in a 2009 interview: "it's a fight everyday. Your disease will creep on you."