Thursday, June 4, 2009

R.I.P. David Carradine

David Carradine in 'Warden of Red Rock'It has been reported from United States embassy that Kill Bill star David Carradine has been found dead in Bangkok, Thailand. More information will be posted here as the story develops.
CNN's Update on Carradine's Death
(updated June 5, 2009 at 3:10 A.M. PDT)
David Carradine's wife and his manager disputed suggestions that the actor's death was a suicide, while rescue workers and police in Bangkok, Thailand, said the actor's neck and genitals were found bound with rope. Carradine, 72, became famous in the 1970s, when he portrayed the traveling Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the television series "Kung Fu."

Bangkok police said Carradine was found hanging by a nylon rope in a Bangkok hotel room closet Thursday morning. A member of the emergency crew who was called to the hotel after a maid found Carradine told CNN that a yellow nylon rope was tied around the actor's neck and a black rope was around his genitals. Police later confirmed that information. "I do not know if you want to call it accidental," Chuck Binder, Carradine's manager, told CNN's Larry King on Thursday. He said Carradine's career was on a roll and his life was on a resurgence.

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David Carradine in an intense fighting mood in 'Kung Fu'
CNN's Original Report on Carradine's Death
(updated June 4, 2009 at 3:00 P.M. PDT)
American actor David Carradine has been found dead, hanging by a nylon rope in a hotel room closet in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a Thai police official. Carradine, who became famous in the 1970s when he starred as traveling Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the television series "Kung Fu," was 72.

The rope was believed to be from the hotel room curtains, Bangkok Police Lt. Col. Pirom Chanpirom said Thursday. He said investigators found no sign of forced entry into Carradine's room. An autopsy was being conducted at a Bangkok hospital, but no results will be available for another day, he said. A Carradine family spokeswoman issued a short statement saying the family "is devastated by the news of David's passing."

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IMDb / WENN Reports Laywer's Response
(updated June 4, 2009 at 12:05 P.M. PDT)
The attorney who wed Kill Bill star David Carradine and his wife Annie at pal Michael Madsen's home is calling on the media not to jump to conclusions about the actor's sudden death. Carradine, 72, was found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was shooting a new movie, and initial reports suggest he hanged himself. The actor's manager, Chuck Binder, insists Carradine died of natural causes, but police officials insist a hotel maid had found Carradine dead in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and body on Thursday morning.

The late star's longtime attorney and friend, Vicki Roberts, who conducted the actor's fifth wedding ceremony in December 2004, is hoping the truth will prove Carradine did not commit suicide. She tells WENN, "I would also hope that there would be a full investigation before any conclusions are drawn." Roberts adds, "I have known David Carradine and his wife Annie for many, many years and I was honoured to have performed their marriage ceremony in 2004 at the home of Michael Madsen. My deepest condolences go out to Annie and the family."
As mentioned in the First Showing's article, I have always imagined that David Carradine's career was revitalized when it was brought to the awareness of a new movie going generation with a large boost from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films. However, those two films are only a small drop in the bucket in comparison to the other 220 acting credits to his name that spread across films and television shows (not including several commercial cameo appearances). He has become a notable figure for being the martial arts butt kicker that anyone would fear greatly.

Rest in peace, Mr. Carradine.
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