‘Kung Fu’ Actor David Carradine Found Dead In Bangkok Hotel

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Updated: June 4, 2009

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The actor who is best known for his roles in the TV series ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Kill Bill’ movies was found dead on Wednesday.  The actor was found sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and body.

Actor David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu” who also had a wide-ranging career in the movies, has been found dead in the Thai capital, Bangkok. A news report said he was found hanged in his hotel room and was believed to have committed suicide….Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and had been staying at the hotel since Tuesday.

The newspaper said Carradine could not be contacted after he failed to appear for a meal with the rest of the film crew on Wednesday, and that his body was found by a hotel maid at 10 a.m. Thursday morning. [Yahoo]

RIP…

22 Comments

  1. roy

    June 4, 2009 at 2:42 am

    dam that is sad, rip

  2. SI

    June 4, 2009 at 2:49 am

    wow I remember watching him as a kid. This sounds unreal….RIP

  3. Tim

    June 4, 2009 at 3:02 am

    I remember watching this with my Dad growing up…he still watches it to this day when its on…That is so sad….

  4. ron shaw

    June 4, 2009 at 5:02 am

    i've caught clips of kung fu here and there. it seemed like a good show. this is a really sad ending for him. rip.

  5. Al 2.0

    June 4, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Yea I was a big fan of his from the Kill Bill movies….leaves me to wonder, why?

    RIP Carradine

  6. roy

    June 4, 2009 at 5:24 am

    i heard it wasn't a suicide he was doing something else and messed up and died, either way very sad.

  7. Nichole Lesniak

    June 4, 2009 at 6:05 am

    I really don't think it was suicide – doesn't seem like it was in his nature to do something like that, especially at his age. But, roy…out of curiosity, he was hanging by his neck – what could have been doing that he messed up?

  8. roy

    June 4, 2009 at 7:01 am

    well i not trying to say anything bad about the guy, people are entitled to there fetishes if you know what i mean, it has to do with choking yourself and something else and it actually has happened quit a few times with people. your right at 72 and doing a movie why would he kill himself at this point.

  9. gonzo

    June 4, 2009 at 7:08 am

    RIP Mr Carradine your tv show was my first introduction to martial arts and was one of the reasons I started training.

  10. Nichole Lesniak

    June 4, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I get where you're going, but those people die from strangulation, not hanging.

  11. roy

    June 4, 2009 at 9:00 am

    actually when there by themselves they hang themselves i guess i heard of it happening to someone else, i guess there is a couple different ways i wouldn't know but thats what i heard happened too him. it will probally come out if it is true or not in the next couple of days.

  12. dane drebin

    June 4, 2009 at 9:35 am

    i wouldnt speculate too much guys unless you ahve the facts maybe he was just tired of living a lot of people commit suicide when you least expect it because if you expected it people would do something to stop you. my good friend killed himself 2 years ago its very sad for everyone around the person. RIP.

  13. Cobra Clutch

    June 4, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I agree with Dane. If you guys don't know the facts you shouldn't be saying anything. That's disrespectful to the dead. Just send an "RIP" for the guy and remember his work. If you're too young for Kung Fu then put on Kill Bill. Whatever works. RIP, Mr. Carradine.

  14. Kash

    June 4, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I agree I don't want to know the specifics. All I know is that he's been in a lot of TV shows and movies that helped shape martial arts around the world. His body of work speaks for itself…RIP.

  15. Ryan S

    June 4, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I heard he actually died of natural causes from a couple different sources, and this site is the only place I've seen that said he hung himself. I'd rather hear that it was natural causes than anything else. I never got into his movies until recently, but loved him in Kill Bill. RIP

  16. ELBOWZ

    June 5, 2009 at 12:14 am

    i just read this on wikipedia …. not to sure how reliable the source is though.

    "On June 4, 2009, Carradine was found dead in his room at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel on Wireless Road, near Sukhumvit, in central Bangkok, Thailand. A police official said Carradine was found hanging by a rope in the room's closet. Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reported that his body was found curled up in the wardrobe with a shoelace tied around his penis and neck.

    Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunand, a Thai forensic pathologist and Director of Central Institute of Forensic Science, stated the incident met four of the criteria for accidental death involving autoerotic asphyxiation. Pol Lt Gen Worapong Chewprecha, Commander of the Metropolitan Police, remarked that the closed circuit television installed within the hotel supported the theory that no other persons were involved with the death. Carradine's representative and family members told the press that they believed the death to be accidental and not a suicide.

    Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot his latest movie, Stretch, but the film crew were aware of his absence when they went to dine out at a restaurant on June 3."

    Thanks Wikipedia!!!!

  17. roy

    June 5, 2009 at 3:06 am

    i am not trying to be disrespectfull, it was actually a shock to me when i heard about his death and it saddend me, what is worse committing suicide or making a mistake and dying? i would not want people to think i committed suicide when i didn't.

    rip grasshopper

  18. Ryan S

    June 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I realized I was wrong. I think it would be better to die from a mistake. Autoerotic asphyxiation is more common than you think.

  19. Tobamel

    June 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    i was surprised to hear that Carradine was in a number of other movies as well (besides Kill Bill)

  20. Nichole Lesniak

    June 11, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Update on Carradine:

    http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=414026&amp

    It was NOT suicide.

  21. Nichole Lesniak

    June 11, 2009 at 6:23 am

    What I find amusing is how so many people got all defensive about others "speculating" but no one seemed to have any problems speculating about Evan Tanner's death.

  22. Cobra Clutch

    June 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

    For the record, Nichole is correct about the Evan Tanner thing, but as far as I'm concerned, I personally never speculated and feel it's wrong across the board to speculate about someone's death if you don't know the facts. It's disrespectful to the dead, and they need to at least be given the basic courtesy of respect, because they're defenseless and gone forever. RIP to both Evan and David.

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