Actor David Carradine found dead

By Tim Surette

Jun 04, 2009

David Carradine was found dead in the Thai capital of Bangkok, the Associated Press is reporting. The 72-year-old Carradine was in Thailand shooting a film, and was reportedly found early Thursday morning by a maid with a rope around his neck. Police believe the cause of death was suicide.

Carradine is best known for his starring role in the 1970s series Kung Fu as the rambling Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine who travelled the Old West, bringing Eastern philosophy and martial-arts beatdowns to gunslingers. He also starred in the spin-off, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Carradine has appeared in more than 100 movies, including Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films.

Carradine will also be appearing in an upcoming episode of Fox's Mental as a guest star.

Acting was in Carradine's blood--his father John and brothers Keith and Robert were also well-known actors in Hollywood.

[UPDATE] As more details are coming out about Carradine's, the story is taking a bit of a creepy turn. The BBC is reporting that Carradine was found nude in a closet with a rope around his neck "and other parts of his body." TMZ also says that Carradine's rep is calling the death "accidental."

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  • LutheShow Jun 21, 2009

    He was a great man and a brillant actor. My deepest wishes and fonest respects go out to his family. However it happened, he will missed. David Carradine, gone but not forgotten.

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  • mrmody63 Jun 08, 2009

    One night in Bangbok

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  • gothceltgirl Jun 06, 2009

    So sad, he will be missed. I loved him as Kwai Chang Caine on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. That show gave me hours of TV watching goodness. So sad, he was such an interesting actor.

  • stath1977 Jun 06, 2009

    R.I.P. Not a proper way to go for a legend...

  • Whiskey3030 Jun 06, 2009

    Original INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence was rumored to have died the exact same way. I would have been happier not knowing how either died.

  • sramv9 Jun 06, 2009

    he was really fun to watch. i appreciate the work that he did on Kung Fu, Kung Fu the Legend Continues, and generally being an interesting character to see around in media land. I am going to watch his movie "bound for glory" sometime as i hear it is very good. he will be missed by many fans

  • lobomensch Jun 05, 2009

    What sick to me is how the media and people in general are sensationalizing this before all of the facts have been established. The Thai coroner has yet to release an official autopsy report, yet we have tons of news media quoting "according to unofficial police sources" in hopes of a scandal they can milk. That's not reporting, just sloppy rumor mill gossip. I'll reserve my opinion until the facts are in.

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