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David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
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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."
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 07:31:40 PM »
Wow..I always thought he was so funny and happy in the rolls he played.  I bet he was murdered.
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009, 07:48:22 PM »
I don't know about murder but I bet he wasn't trying to die. I will also bet he wasn't in the room alone.

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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 07:50:00 PM »
I know, what adult would try to hang themselves with a string on a blind!

That just sounds kinda weird to me.  Couldn't do that at my house the blind would fall down.  You can barely close pull them up and down without them falling.
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Actor David Carradine found dead in Bangkok (AP)
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 08:11:07 PM »
Actor David Carradine found dead in Bangkok (AP)  Source: AP 45 minutes ago         Related Links:   BANGKOK - Actor David Carradine, a born seeker and cult idol who broke through as the willing student called "grasshopper" in the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu" and decades later as leader of an assassin squad in "Kill Bill," was found dead Thursday in Thailand. Police said he appeared to have hanged himself.

The officer responsible for investigating the death, Teerapop Luanseng, said the 72-year-old actor was staying at a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.

"I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet," Teerapop said. He said police suspected suicide.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, 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.

Carradine came from an acting family. His father, John, made a career playing creepy, eccentric characters in film and on stage. His brothers Keith, Robert and Bruce also became actors. Actress Martha Plimpton is Keith Carradine's daughter.

"My Uncle David was a brilliantly talented, fiercely intelligent and generous man. He was the nexus of our family in so many ways, and drew us together over the years and kept us connected," Plimpton said Thursday.

Carradine was in Bangkok shooting the movie "Stretch," said his manager, Chuck Binder.

"We're very saddened, he was a wonderful guy," said Lori Binder, a partner in the agency that represented Carradine.

"It is shocking to me that he is no longer with us," said Michael Madsen, who played an assassin in "Kill Bill."

"I had been thinking about calling him for the last several days. ... I have so many great memories of David that I wouldn't even know where to begin. He has a very special place in my heart."

The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation 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 Thursday morning. It said a preliminary police investigation found that he had hanged himself with a cord used with the suite's curtains. It cited police as saying there was no sign that he had been assaulted.

Police said Carradine's body was taken to a hospital for an autopsy that would be done Friday.

Carradine appeared in more than 100 feature films with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby. One of his early film roles was as folk singer Woody Guthrie in Ashby's 1976 biopic, "Bound for Glory."

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.

"I wasn't like a TV star in those days, I was like a rock 'n' roll star," Carradine said in an interview with Associated Press Radio in 1996. "It was a phenomenon kind of thing. ... It was very special."

Actor Rainn Wilson, star of TV's "The Office," tweeted about Carradine's death on Twitter: "R.I.P. David Carradine. You were a true hero to so many of us children of the 70s. We'll miss you, Kwai Chang Caine."

Carradine 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." Bill, the worldly father figure of a pack of crack assassins, was a shadowy presence in 2003's "Kill Bill - Vol. 1." In that film, one of Bill's former assassins (Uma Thurman) begins a vengeful rampage against her old associates, including Bill.

In "Kill Bill - Vol. 2," released in 2004, Thurman's character catches up to Bill. The role brought Carradine a Golden Globe nomination as best supporting actor.

Bill was a complete contrast to Caine, the soft-spoken refugee from a Shaolin monastery, serenely spreading wisdom and battling bad guys in the Old West. He left after three seasons, saying the show had started to repeat itself.

"David's always been kind of a seeker of knowledge and of wisdom in his own inimitable way," his brother, actor Keith Carradine, said in a 1995 interview.

After "Kung Fu," Carradine starred in the 1975 cult flick "Death Race 2000." He starred with Liv Ullmann in Bergman's "The Serpent's Egg" in 1977 and with his brothers in the 1980 Western "The Long Riders."

But after the early 1980s, he spent two decades doing mostly low-budget films. Tarantino's films changed that.

"All I've ever needed since I more or less retired from studio films a couple of decades ago ... is just to be in one," Carradine told The Associated Press in 2004.

"There isn't anything that Anthony Hopkins or Clint Eastwood or Sean Connery or any of those old guys are doing that I couldn't do," he said. "All that was ever required was somebody with Quentin's courage to take and put me in the spotlight."

One thing remained a constant after "Kung Fu": Carradine's interest in Asian herbs, exercise and philosophy. He wrote a personal memoir called "Spirit of Shaolin" and continued to make instructional videos on tai chi and other martial arts.

In the 2004 interview, Carradine talked candidly about his past boozing and narcotics use, but said he had put all that behind him and stuck to coffee and cigarettes.

"I didn't like the way I looked, for one thing. You're kind of out of control emotionally when you drink that much. I was quicker to anger."

"You're probably witnessing the last time I will ever answer those questions," Carradine said. "Because this is a regeneration. It is a renaissance. It is the start of a new career for me.

"It's time to do nothing but look forward."

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Associated Press writer Polly Anderson in New York contributed to this report.
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Re: Actor David Carradine found dead in Bangkok (AP)
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2009, 09:26:19 PM »
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2009, 10:00:51 PM »
Not all blinds are bought at walmart.
 
 
I know, what adult would try to hang themselves with a string on a blind!

That just sounds kinda weird to me.  Couldn't do that at my house the blind would fall down.  You can barely close pull them up and down without them falling.

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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2009, 11:57:20 PM »
especially at 5 star hotels?
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2009, 05:02:33 PM »
New info.....  a little bit more to the story than first announced.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31118992/
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2009, 10:32:46 PM »
I'll have you know I did not buy all my blinds at Wal mart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2009, 01:06:53 AM »
I'll have you know I did not buy all my blinds at Wal mart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
See you think you know someone and you don't really. :shame:


(some of mine were bought at yard sales) ;D
 
It's not the blinds, its the trailer walls (how redneck does that sound).  Can't get mine to stay up.
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2009, 01:21:04 AM »
 :shame:
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
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:shame:
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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2009, 01:55:41 AM »
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2009, 01:22:08 PM »
The report said it was a cord from the curtains, not string from the blinds, lol.
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2009, 07:08:03 PM »
The report said it was a cord from the curtains, not string from the blinds, lol.

Good catch Trena.  I didn't make the distinction.

Anyone do any research on this practice after he died?  I did. 
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2009, 09:23:42 PM »
This is grotesque, and if it's true, was totally unnecessary from any perspective. It's not like the guy couldn't have found someone else to "do his thing" with -- he was a popular actor and could have had all the women he wanted (or men, if that was his thing).

I've been on the crime beat long enough to have run into this several times before with teenage boys or college students. Usually the families are horribly embarrassed and have virtually begged me not to print what I read in the police report. Maybe the widely publicized death of a prominent actor will put an end to an exceedingly dangerous practice.

New info.....  a little bit more to the story than first announced.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31118992/
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Re: David Carradine Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
« Reply #19 on: June 06, 2009, 10:48:44 PM »
So now his family is asking the FBI to do an investigation into his death.