LOS ANGELES -- Rodney King was remembered Saturday at his 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 Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, said King never showed bitterness to the officers who beat him.

He called King "a symbol of forgiveness."

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 treated as an accidental drowning but officials are awaiting autopsy results.

King became famous after a video showed his beating by Los Angeles police during a traffic stop in 1991. More than a year later, four officers charged with felony assault in the beating were acquitted, sparking race riots that killed 53 people in Los Angeles. -- AP

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