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David Carradine's Death Photo

Updated on June 8, 2009

Thai Rath Tabloid

Photo of Carradine's Body published in Tabloid

Found dead in a Bangkok hotel room under mysterious circumstances, a photo of David Carradine's body was published recently by Thai Rath, a Thai tabloid newspaper. described the image as portraying Carradine with his hands tied in front of him, hanging from the support bar in a closet.

Reported to be an accidental hanging, it has lead to a great deal of speculation as to whether Carradine committed suicide, was murdered, or died in an auto-erotic asphyxiation act gone wrong.  Police Lieutenant General Worapong Chewprecha, Commander of the Metropolitan Police, remarked that the closed cirucit television installed with the hotel supported the theory that no other persons were involved with the death.  However, trying to come to terms with their loss, the family has asked the FBI to oversee the Thai police investigation to definatively determine if there was anyone else involved in David Carradine's death.  They are also seeking an independent autopsy.  Keith Carradine, his half brother, said the family was "profoundly disturbed" by the photo release.

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      stevestoltz 5 years ago

      i always watched him religiusly on thus nights i always wondered the cowboy sheriff wanted to hang him for blaming him for throwing that star killing and thats how he relly died

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      Kimmy 7 years ago

      Check out "David Carrdine: The Eye of My Tornado". I found it on Amazon

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      Maraiya Storm 8 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

      I'm glad you wrote about this. Since it happened, people and the news seem to have totally lost interest in the case. Some people aren't even aware that he died, or how.

      This death has seemed very mysterious to me, and I sort of suspect that he was murdered. Close friends said that at that time, David was in high spirits and his career was on a nice upswing.

      I was a big fan of the Kung Fu series and thought that David played the part superbly.

      I heard a news story earlier this year reporting that David had said he was a complete phony, that he didn't believe in the part that he played on Kung Fu and was just acting. This greatly surprised me, and I am still not sure if this news story was true or false. I wonder if he believed in his role at one time, and then later changed his mind? Although if you look at the types of roles he's been playing in more recent years, they are all violent and dark; so, I don't know.

      But whether he was just acting or really "being" the part of Qwai Chang Cain (sp?), a lot of people have learned much about spirituality and how to deal with the enemy's attacks by watching this series.

      I sure do hope they can find out if he was murdered or not. I have heard nothing in the news about it since then.

      If he committed suicide, then why would his hands be tied in front of him? A person who is committing suicide just wouldn't do this, would they?!

      David is most famous for his Kung Fu series; and so I wonder if someone wanted to kill him because they didn't like the spirituality portrayed in the TV series? Just a speculation.

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      chicamom85 8 years ago

      I feel bad for the family, there is enough to go through with the grief and they have to add all the publicity on to it.