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Man who filmed Rodney King video dies of COVID-19 in Los Angeles

George Holliday
FILE – In this April 26, 1997, file photo, George Holliday points to the spot along a roadside in the Lake View Terrace section of Los Angeles where he videotaped Rodney King being beaten in April 1992, during a news conference in Los Angeles. Holliday, a plumber who gained local and national fame 30 years earlier when he used his video camera to tape the infamous Los Angeles police beating of motorist Rodney King in Lake View Terrace, has died from COVID-19, it was reported Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/E.J. Flynn, File)

George Holiday, the Los Angeles plumber who shot video of four white police officers beating black motorist Rodney King in 1991, has died of COVID-19, a friend reports on Monday.

Holiday, 61, died Saturday at a Los Angeles hospital, where he had been for more than a month, according to Robert Wollenweber. his longtime friend and former coworker.

Holiday was not vaccinated and was on a ventilator in recent days after contracting pneumonia, Wollenweber said.

Holiday was awakened by a traffic stop outside his San Fernando Valley home on the night of March 3, 1991. He went outside to film it with his new video camera, catching the Los Angles officers punching, kicking and using a stun gun on King, even after he was on the ground.

Rodney King sued Los Angeles over the beating and was awarded $3.8 million in 1994.

Holiday’s death was first reported by TMZ.com.