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David Carradine found dead in Thailand hotel

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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.


David Carradine starred as Caine in the television series "Kung Fu" from 1972-75.

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.”


~source - MSNBC~

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I just read the story and was totally shocked. :yikes: Ive been a fan since his Kung Fu days (It was my favorite show back then) and this just seems totally out of character for something he would do. Big into martial arts, those guys are about living long and lifeforce. Totally suprised on this.


R.I.P. Grasshopper :(


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Yeah, just heard the news on the radio. When I was a kid we all used to watch Kung Fu then go out and play it. He influenced a generation of kids somewhat.


Sad news though!

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Sad news. RIP.


Man, my youngest brother and I used to watch “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues' every single week. Pretty sure we saw every episode ever. One of the best comedies I've ever seen on TV. :lol:


Never seen the original series, though.

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