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Updated: David Carradine, Dead at 72


Updated at  4:15 PM: Carradine's death is now speculated to be the result of accidental strangling, and not a suicide. According to 1st News, "Carradine’s death has all the hallmarks of auto-erotic asphyxiation, or masturbation enhanced by strangulation, which when it goes wrong is often mistaken for suicide." E! Online is reporting that Carradine's family is also disputing the suicide theory.

Sad news from Thailand this morning - David Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room.  Authorities are performing an autopsy, and results will be available tomorrow; however, it appears to be a suicide.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Carradine was found hanging in his hotel room closet from a nylon rope taken from the drapes.  There were no signs of forced entry.

Carradine is best known for his leading role on the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, and for his role as Bill in Quentin Tarantino's epic, Kill Bill.  And horror and exploitation films fans remember him for his role in the classic Death Race 2000.  He can, however, claim over 200 television and film roles during his career, which spanned more than four decades.  Over his career, he performed and composed music for film, directed, produced, and wrote various projects, including Spirit of the Shaolin, a book written about the philosophy of kung fu while he was shooting Kung Fu.

Carradine was in Bangkok shooting a film called Stretch, in which he was the only American actor.  He could not be found on Wednesday for crew meal, and was discovered Thursday morning by a hotel maid.  Carradine is survived by his fifth wife, Annie Bierman, with whom he has two daughters, Calista and Kansas.  He has a son, Tom, with a previous wife.  Carradine was 72.