-- Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, was found at the bottom of his swimming pool early Sunday and later pronounced dead. He was 47.

King's videotaped beating on the night of March 3, 1991, triggered the Los Angeles riots more than a year later, when three of the officers who beat him were acquitted of all charges. On the third day of the riots, he famously pleaded on national television, "Can we all get along?"

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Here's a gallery of images looking back at the L.A. race riots and the life of Rodney King.

All photos and captions by Associated Press.
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  • March 31, 1991

    This March 31, 1991 image made from video shot by George Holliday shows police officers beating a man, later identified as Rodney King. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47. (AP Photo/Courtesy of KTLA Los Angeles, George Holliday)

  • March 6, 1991

    This file photo of Rodney King was taken three days after his videotaped beating in Los Angeles on March 6, 1991. (AP Photo/Pool, File)

  • March 6, 1991

    This March 6, 1991 file photo shows Rodney King showing bruises he sustained at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

  • This April 29, 1992 file photo shows several buildings in a Boys Market shopping center fully engulfed in flames before firefighters can arrive as rioting erupted in South-Central Los Angeles. The acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned. Before order was restored, 55 people were dead, 2,300 injured and more than 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

  • April 30, 1992

    In this April 30, 1992 file photo, a Los Angeles police officer takes aim at a looter in a market at Alvarado and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles during the second night of rioting in the city. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, File)

  • April 30, 1992

    In this April 30, 1992 file photo, a man removes a couch from a store in South-Central Los Angeles as looting and rioting continued throughout the area. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

  • April 30, 1992

    Smoke covers Los Angeles in this Thursday, April 30, 1992 file photo as fires like this one on Vermont Avenue burn out of control. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

  • April 30, 1992

    In this April 30, 1992 file photo, looters mill in the parking lot of the ABC Market in South-Central Los Angeles as violence and looting ensued on the first day of riots following the verdicts in the Rodney King assault case. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

  • May 1, 1992 - "Can we all get along?"

    This May 1, 1992 file photo shows Rodney King, right, speaking during a news conference in Los Angeles along with his attorney, Steven Lerman, left. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, file)

  • July 16, 1992

    This July 16, 1992 file photo shows Rodney King being escorted from jail in Santa Ana, Calif. after he was arrested for investigation of drunken driving. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, file)

  • July 20, 1993

    This July 20, 1993 file photo shows Rodney King speaking during an appearance on KFI-AM radio's "Bill Handel and Mark Whitlock" show in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)

  • June 2, 1994

    This June 2, 1994 file photo shows Rodney King speaking at a news conference in Santa Ana, Calif. along with his attorney Milton Grimes, at left. (AP Photo/Chris Martinez, file)

  • April 13, 2012

    This April 13, 2012 file photo shows Rodney King posing for a portrait in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

  • Rodney Hughes

    Rodney Hughes watches television coverage of his father Rodney King after giving an exclusive interview with Savannah, Georgia Reporter Ava Pittman of WJCL-TV on Sunday afternoon June 17, 2012, in Savannah, Ga. Huges, 21 spoke about his late father Rodney King who was found dead Sunday at age 47 after he was pulled from the bottom of his swimming pool. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine)

  • June 17, 2012

    Police technician Noretta Barker loads evidence from Rodney King's home into a vehical in Rialto, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2012. King's fiancee called police to report that she found him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their home in Rialto, Calif., officials said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • June 17, 2012

    Rialto police detective Carla McCullough, right, and a photographer conduct an investigation at Rodney King's home in Rialto, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • June 17, 2012

    Rodney King's two daughters, Candice, front, and Lora, facing forward, comfort each other as King's former body guard Johnnie Kelly watches near King's home in Rialto, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • June 17, 2012

    Two police officers stand in front of Rodney King's home in Rialto, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2012. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • June 17, 2012

    A pair of sandals lie next to a hose near the swimming pool at Rodney King's home in Rialto, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • June 17, 2012

    A girl runs past Rodney King's home in Rialto, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)