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BANGKOK – 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.

 

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, confirmed the death of the 72-year-old actor. He said the embassy was informed by Thai authorities that Carradine died either late Wednesday or early Thursday, but he could not provide further details out of consideration for his family.

 

The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation cited unidentified police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room.

 

It said 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. The name of the movie was not immediately available.

 

It said a preliminary police investigation found that he had hanged himself with a cord used with the room's curtains. It cited police as saying he had been dead at least 12 hours and there was no sign that he had been assaulted.

 

A police officer at Bangkok's Lumpini precinct station would not confirm the identity of the dead man to The Associated Press, but said the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park hotel had reported that a male guest killed himself there.

 

Carradine was a leading member of a venerable Hollywood acting family that included his father, character actor John Carradine, and brother Keith.

 

In all, he appeared in more than 100 feature films with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby.

 

But he was best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin priest traveling the 1800s American frontier West in the TV series "Kung Fu," which aired in 1972-75.

 

He reprised the role in a mid-1980s TV movie and played Caine's grandson in the 1990s syndicated series "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues."

 

He returned to the top in recent years as the title character in Quentin Tarantino's two-part saga "Kill Bill."

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_thailand_david_carradine

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That is horrible news. I can't believe he possibly killed himself. Either way, he will be missed. I loved watching the Kung Fu shows, the old one and the newer one. R.I.P. David :(

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Suicide. Damn. I hope that's not true.

 

RIP anyway old warrior.

 

EDIT: Looks like he was found nude in a closet, possibly (probably) performing autoerotic asphyxiation on himself.

 

Yeesh. Rough way to die.

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Suicide. Damn. I hope that's not true.

 

RIP anyway old warrior.

 

EDIT: Looks like he was found nude in a closet, possibly (probably) performing autoerotic asphyxiation on himself.

 

Yeesh. Rough way to die.

 

I feel like a rat bastard for suggesting that SOMEONE write a mastrubation safety manual. Look back at Michael Hutchins. I would be much more inclined to believe this was the case than suicide in Caradine's case.

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David Carradine—the veteran 72-year-old character actor who was found dead today in Bangkok, Thailand—leaves behind a considerable legacy for genre fans, who have watched his work for decades as he created one memorable characterization after another in such TV shows as Kung Fu and such films as Death Race 2000 and Kill Bill.

 

Carradine apparently killed himself in the Thai city where he was shooting Stretch, a thriller film.

 

Carradine was well known for his roles in cult productions, perhaps none so famous as the half-caste martial-arts master and former Shaolin monk named Caine, who first appeared in the 1972 TV movie Kung Fu and later in the TV series based on the film. It was a character who was credited in part with kicking off the Western world's obsession with martial arts.

 

Between 1972 and 1975, Carradine appeared in 46 episodes of the Kung Fu television series, establishing himself as a major television star even as he continued to appear in a number of small but memorable roles in films, including Mean Streets and The Long Goodbye. The show garnered him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

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Any chance it could have been set up? I'm sorry but if someone commits suicide, I have no remorse. How terrible can your life be to commit suicide? There's not excuse. To me it's a cowards way out. I know people reach some really low points in their life and it seems like there's no other option, but there is somewhere.

 

In Carradine's case, what could have possibly been bad about his life?

 

Not trying to sound so negative, I really hope it wasn't a suicide.

 

-Raff

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Every time someone dies in the news there is a conspiracy theory. Bruce Lee, Elvis, Brandon Lee, Kurt Cobain. Why should David Carradine be any different. I'm pulling for the kinky malfunction.

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I'd much rather it be the kinky malfunction than suicide. At least then, he would have died doing what pleases him as sick as that is.

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I'm pulling for the kinky malfunction.

 

Something about that doesn't sound right.

 

Anyway, why play alone in Bangkok of all places. Isn't prostitution rampant there?

 

This is why you don't give older men Viagra. They obviously don't know what to do with it.

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It seems to be just like the Michael Hutchence incident.... Freaky.... And I don't even ASK how something like this can happen....

 

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I think something about being to have any woman you want makes normal boring. I mean, Raffi probably has a rope in a closet right now. Be careful man!

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I think something about being to have any woman you want makes normal boring. I mean, Raffi probably has a rope in a closet right now. Be careful man!

 

 

Yeah so? At least I know when to stop if the air supply is cut too short. ;)

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Yeah so? At least I know when to stop if the air supply is cut too short. ;)

 

I usually always keep a knife at arms reach.

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I know a lot of people think all the speculation is tasteless and insensitive, but such is the price of fame these days. One of the reasons you make all that money is because people are interested in you. If you don't want the attention, drive a cab.

 

Well, I guess HE doesn't care anymore, but how must this feel for his family?

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I know a lot of people think all the speculation is tasteless and insensitive, but such is the price of fame these days. One of the reasons you make all that money is because people are interested in you. If you don't want the attention, drive a cab.

 

Sorry, Fred, but I disagree. Just because someone elects not to drive a cab and be an actor instead (with or without making a lot of money), does not mean that person has automatically forfeited being treated with common decency and a respect for privacy, especially in the bedroom and the details of one's death.

 

Besides, I don't see Mr. Carradine as having made "all that money" - I see him as a long time, hard-working actor, who by his own admission, has had his share of career and fortune ups-and-downs.

 

I am sad at his death and embarrassed for him to be found the way he was found, although I do not judge what he might have been doing. If it was not by his own choice (that ultimately ended in an accident), however, I want justice for him absolutely.

 

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I just think taking the piss out of anyone who's died or kind of ridicule the way he died is wrong.

No matter if he's a cab driver or an actor.

They all deserve to be treated with respect.

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Sorry, Fred, but I disagree. Just because someone elects not to drive a cab and be an actor instead (with or without making a lot of money), does not mean that person has automatically forfeited being treated with common decency and a respect for privacy, especially in the bedroom and the details of one's death.

 

Besides, I don't see Mr. Carradine as having made "all that money" - I see him as a long time, hard-working actor, who by his own admission, has had his share of career and fortune ups-and-downs.

 

I am sad at his death and embarrassed for him to be found the way he was found, although I do not judge what he might have been doing. If it was not by his own choice (that ultimately ended in an accident), however, I want justice for him absolutely.

 

I'm just stating the way things are and how they are going to be...AND that people KNOW when they take up the mantle what's in store for them. Idealism doesn't change facts.

 

Also, most people reading this in a Darwin award would laugh...if it weren't attached to a famous entertainer.

 

Don't get me wrong, I am sad to see him go, as I was sad to see Heath Ledger go and Chris Farley, but these guys made their own beds and I don't celebrate their WEAKNESS.

 

You want someone to feel TRULY bad about, look at Brandon Lee. I don't have a damn thing funny to say about that. A true tragedy. People doing dumb shit or taking their own lives, ESPECIALLY when they have the adoration of the public and have INFLUENCE over others should be taken down a notch in my opinion.

 

You may not agree...and that's cool. I have kids to raise and I prefer they learn from the mistakes of others.

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Exactly right Fred. Exactly right.

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I still stick to my opinion... ;)

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