David Carradine, star of the classic Kung Fu TV series and films like Kill Bill and Death Race 2000, died in a Bangkok hotel yesterday. A maid reportedly found Carradine sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and other parts of his body. The actor, 72, was in Thailand for a film shoot.
Carradine, who appeared in over 200 movies and TV shows in his career, had previously spoken of suicide to the press, though no medical report or suicide note has been released. Carradine is survived by his wife Annie, four siblings (including actors Robert and Keith Carradine), as well as daughters Calista and Kansas, from a previous marriage.
UPDATE: Carradine’s rep is claiming that his death was an “accident,” not suicide. The BBC originally reported that the rope was found around his “head and genitals” before changing the phrasing to “head and body,” potentially suggesting auto-erotic asphyxiation.
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