I listen to the morning news as I wake up – usually laying there with my eyes closed thinking about how much I don’t want to leave my bed.
This morning while in my half-conscience state, I heard the newscaster say that David Carradine was found dead in Bangkok. To be perfectly honest, I thought I dreamt it. It was so random. They didn’t even say anything about “sad news” – he was talking about the weather or something then announced that Carradine had died.
Anyway, it’s being reported that David Carradine was found by a maid in the Bangkok hotel room he was staying in while filming a movie; he was 72.
According to the initial report by the Thai police (below), Carradine was found in the closet with rope around his neck and body, but those reports are now being disputed. Chuck Binder, David Carradine’s manager has said the he believes the actor’s death was from natural causes.
“Kung Fu” and “Kill Bill” star David Carradine was found hung himself in a closet in a hotel room in Bangkok on Wednesday, Thai police said.
Police believed he committed suicide.
Carradine, 72, was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and stayed at a Suite Room 352 of the Park Nai Lert Hotel on Wireless Road since June 2.
The film crew were aware of his absence when they went to dine out at a restaurant on Sathorn Road on June 3.
Carradine did not show up at the dinner and the team could not reach him. They assumed that he took a rest because of his age.
It was a hotel’s maid who opened his suite on Thursday at 10 am only to find Carradine in a closet. He was described as behind half naked.
Police investigation showed that he hung himself with a rope, the kind that is used with curtains.
Police said he was dead for not less than 12 hours and found no sign of fighting and assaults.
David Carradine, for a lot of people, is one of those actors you recognize when you see him, but just hearing his name may not ring any bells.
Best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 70s TV show Kung Fu, David Carradine has a very long list of acting credits.
To younger generations, David Carradine was the title character Bill in Quentin Taratino’s Kill Bill movies.
Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the son of Ardanelle Abigail (née McCool) and noted American actor John Carradine. He was the brother of Bruce Carradine and half-brother of Keith and Robert Carradine, as well as the uncle of Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton. Carradine had Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian and Cherokee ancestry. Carradine attended Oakland Junior College and later studied drama at San Francisco State College before working as an actor on stage and in television and cinema. He changed his given name to David after starting his career. [source]
My heart goes out to the Carradine family, in this their time of sorrow.
UPDATE: So my friend leaves a comment about Michael Hutchence of INXS, and then I admitted that when I heard Carradine reportedly had been hanged, my first thought was that it was something sexual – he was in Thailand after all. And then I go to TMZ and see this…..
We just spoke to a rep for David Carradine, who claims the actor’s death was not a suicide.
The rep said David’s death was “accidental.” And there’s this … the BBC is now reporting that David’s body was found hanging with a rope around his neck and “other parts of his body.”
Carradine’s body was found nude, hanging in a closet.
David’s rep added, “We can confirm 100% that he never would have committed suicide. It was an accidental death. Everybody is in shock.”