David Carradine Found Dead
Posted by Brian on 06/04/2009
Source: The Nation
Update 9:15PM: New updates are emerging that the actor may have died as a result of a sex-game. According to BNONews, “Thai police have taken back their position that Carradine likely died as a result of a suicide. According to the Bangkok Post, the actor was found naked, curled up inside the wardrobe with one end of a shoelace tied around his penis and the other end fastened around his neck. Both of his hands were bound with a cord which was also tied around his neck, an unnamed police officer told the newspaper. It is believed Carradine died some 12 to 24 hours before he was found by the hotel maid. Forensic experts have also reportedly found a footprint on the bed which did not match the shoes worn by the actor. There was also a glass of water in the room and experts are checking to see if the drink had been tampered with. Official information surrounding his death remains sketchy at this time.”
Update 11:30AM: David Carradine’s death has been confirmed by both his agent and US State Department officials, though there is speculation about the exact cause of death. His agent stated he believes that Carradine died of natural causes. I’ll keep this updated when an exact cause is stated.
Television’s Kung Fu and Kill Bill star, David Carradine was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok Wednesday morning. Carradine, 72, was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and had been staying at the Park Nai Lert Hotel on Wireless Road since June 2. The film crew were aware of his absence when they went to dinner June 3rd. They assumed, because of his age, that maybe he was resting when he failed to respond to phone calls.
A hotel maid who opened his suite on Thursday at 10 am found Carradine in a closet, half naked, in an apparent suicide. Police investigation showed that he hung himself with a rope, the kind that is used with curtains. Sources said he was dead for not less than 12 hours and found no sign of fighting and assaults.
Carradine was most recently seen in Crank 2: High Voltage in which he played an elderly Chinese mobster. While being known for his early work on Kung Fu, Carradine had noticed a huge resurgence in popularity when he signed on to play the eponoymous villain in Quentin Tarantino’s two-part Kill Bill.
Our condolences go out to his family. I didn’t get into Carradine until the Kill Bill series, but he was the ultimate in cool. His talent will be sorely missed.