David Carradine was found dead June 3rd 2009 at the age of 72. He was hanging by his neck with a nylon rope in the closet of his Bangkok, Thailand hotel room when found by the maid. He was in Bangkok for filming of the movie 'Stretch' being produced by a United Kingdom-based company. He was the only American cast member.
He was best known for his television role in the series "Kung Fu" in which he played a traveling Shaolin monk in the 1970's.
Investigators found no forced entry into Carradine's room although the rope around his neck was from the curtains in his hotel room. "Foul play is suspected and being looked into." Bangkok Police Lt. Col. Pirom Chanpirom said Thursday.
An autopsy is being conducted at the Bangkok hospital but the results will not be available for at least another day. Circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown and there will be no further comments until more facts can be confirmed.
Here's a video of Carradine on the John Kerwin Show.
The family, his friends and his personal manager asks for privacy at this terrible time but appreciates the many expressions of condolence. Knowing David they can't believe he would ever commit suicide, are in complete shock and brushed aside suggestions that Carradine might have taken his own life. "His death comes at a time when his "career is on a roll," they said. The one thing Carradine's wife, Annie Bierman, wanted everyone to know is "David was not suicidal."
Most people know him as "Bill" in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" films. He earned a 2005 Golden Globe nomination for his role in the second movie in the two-part saga.
Tarantino, appearing on 'Larry King Live' called Carradine; "One of Hollywood's great mad geniuses. He was a rock star at the time 'Kung Fu' came out." he said, holding up a vintage metal lunch box with an image from the popular show on it. "I'm in shock!" he added.
Carradine's career included more than 100 feature films, two dozen television movies and theater work. David's career as an artist did not begin on the stage, though some of his early career was on and off Broadway. His earliest work was as a sculptor and painter.
He was married five times and divorced four, according to People magazine.
Leah Rozen, movie critic for People magazine said; "He was clearly an actor who followed his own path, he was never a guy who talked a whole lot. You knew as an actor, the characters he played, you knew they had a past, you knew there was probably some unhappiness there, but he wasn't going to talk about it."
He did open up about his life on his official web site. He said; "I've always had an especially hard time with everything I've tried to do. I've made it pretty big as an actor in spite of being terminally shy. ... Invariably, I had huge obstacles to overcome in anything I tried. Had to work against my genes to achieve my dreams."
He was a very fine actor and martial artist and didn't deserve to die the way he did at such a young age. Many people may claim 72 is not young but Americans are living longer and he kept himself in great shape. It's a crying shame the way it went down and I will never believe he killed himself. If he had been in the US when it happened we would of had a better chance of finding out the truth about his death.
My roommate saw him in a bar one time just sitting by himself having a drink. Being a martial artist he was thrilled to run into him but didn't bother him respecting his right to have a normal night out.
He said as he was looking at him David just smiled and raised his glass to him. It made his day and now that he's dead he wishes he would of bought him a drink. We raise a glass to him now to honor a great man and actor. To you David Carradine and God bless you on your journey!
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