Thai police: Carradine death may be accidental

By | June 5, 2009 body of American actor David Carradine, best known for the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu,” was found in a hotel room closet with a rope tied to his neck and genitals, and his death may have been caused by accidental suffocation, Thai police said Friday.

The 72-year-old actor’s body was discovered Thursday in his luxury suite at Bangkok’s Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel. Police initially said they suspected suicide, though Carradine’s associates had questioned that theory and authorities later said no suicide note was found in his room.

Police Lt. Gen. Worapong Chewprecha told reporters that Carradine was found with a rope tied around his genitals and another rope around his neck.

“The two ropes were tied together,” he said. “It is unclear whether he committed suicide or not or he died of suffocation or heart failure.” Another senior officer, Col. Somprasong Yenthuam, said there was also strand of rope tied around Carradine’s wrist.

“The initial cause of death is likely asphyxiation, which was probably caused by the rope that was tied around his neck,” said Somprasong.

Police completed an autopsy on Carradine on Friday. But Somprasong, superintendent of the Lumpini police station, which is handling the case, said results would not be ready for at least three weeks because the cause of death was unclear. He called the time lag “normal.”

Dr. Nanthana Sirisap, director of Chulalongkorn Hospital’s Autopsy Center, told reporters that the autopsy was conducted because of the “unusual circumstances surrounding Carradine’s death,” but did not elaborate.

The body was later removed from the hospital to an undisclosed location by U.S. Embassy representatives while preparations were being made for its repatriation to the United States.

Police Lt. Teerapop Luanseng had said Thursday that Carradine’s body was found “naked, hanging in a closet,” and that police at the time suspected suicide.

But one of Carradine’s managers dismissed the theory.

“All we can say is, we know David would never have committed suicide,” said Tiffany Smith of Binder & Associates, his management company. “We’re just waiting for them to finish the investigation and find out what really happened. He really appreciated everything life has to give … and that’s not something David would ever do to himself.”

via Thai police: Carradine death may be accidental – Yahoo! News.

I don’t get it.

6 thoughts on “Thai police: Carradine death may be accidental

  1. almanahiel

    You see his eyes on the photo…they are not focusing, nmot focused…it means in one sort of translation that he is a liar. A liar that he believs in something. He doesn’t believe in nothing, just using every possbile situation to get…something…anyways…he tries to pass unhurted.he failed obviously. Good bye mr.sensual

  2. Xeno Post author

    Unfocused? Not to be too picky, but could it be that he is instead “looking to the left” which is something everyone does when there is something interesting to look at … to the left?

  3. Ann

    Please, almanahiel, we’re not living in the Dark Ages (at least not yet).

    1) What you see in the image of David Carradine may be due to the circumstances when the photo was taken.

    2) Believe or no face is perfectly symmetrical or even close.

    3) What the photo seems to depict is described as exotropia or wall-eye.

    This is the same condition that Jean Paul Sartre had. It is a serious condition that may lead partial blindness, if not treated. Does that make Sartre a liar also? On the contrary, Sartre was probably more honest than a lot of philosophers.

    A photo image of person’s face is a poor indicator of psychology.

    Perhaps what you are thinking about is when some is talking to you and he/she is not looking in your direction. This may indicate the speak is not being forthright about what he/she is saying. It “may” only. It depends a lot on the personality of the person speaking and the circumstances when he/she speaking and to whom she/he is speaking.

    Anyway, I met Carradine; he had problems on occasion, but who doesn’t? He was a good man. I will miss him.

  4. almanahiel

    da, da, da, moš si mislit!
    Hes in actor, that makes him a liar. More films you act in, the more liar you are.

    Nice expl. though.

  5. Ann

    almanahiel, am I to understand, “da, da, da, moš si mislit!”?

    You may be correct in some way. The actor, Ronald Reagan thought he was politician and a President of a democratic society, when he should have realized his only acting the part (and doing a poor job). The same could be said about the present Governor of California. These men are not, by any stretch of the imagination, intellectual giants of any body of knowledge other than acting (or body building), but then who among our politicians are?

    Films are only a contemporary form of the theater. Actors are only telling stories (something like what politicians do)

    Every culture had a theatre and actors in the past like yota’ziya in the Islamic world, Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki in Japan, Iroko in Africa and Thespians of ancient Greece.

    The problem occurs when the audience or constituents believe what they see on a film or what a politician says. I think all politicians and actors know they are acting … except perhaps Reagan because he was suffering from preliminary stages Alzheimer’s disease towards the end of his acting career as President.

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