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Sharpton Set To Eulogize Rodney King At LA Funeral

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Rodney King speaks with the audience before presenting his autobiographical book 'The Riot Within' at the Eso Won Book Store in Los Angeles, California, on April 30, 2012. The 1992 police beating of Rodney King helped spark the LA riots that left more than 50 people dead. AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages) | Getty Images

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rodney King is being remembered at his Los Angeles funeral as a forgiving man who bore the scars of his infamous beating with dignity.

The Rev. Al Sharpton who delivered the eulogy at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills said King never showed bitterness to the officers who beat him.

He called King "a symbol of forgiveness."

The funeral comes nearly two weeks after King was found dead at the bottom of the swimming pool at his Rialto, Calif. home on June 17. He was 47.

His death is being treated as an accidental drowning but authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine the official cause of death.

King became famous after his beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was captured on videotape and broadcast worldwide.

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