David Carradine, famous martial arts actor, most recently known for his role as Bill in Kill Bill has been found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok.
According to Carradine’s agent, the 72-year-old star was in Thailand for his latest movie Stretch. The agent told the WABC that he believes the actor died of natural causes, but that his death was under investigation.
At the moment there are a variety of stories being spread…
SkyNews has said that “Caradine had failed to appear for a meal with the film crew on Wednesday and his body was found by a hotel maid at the Park Nai Lert hotel the following morning.” Police said there were no signs of a struggle or other suspicious circumstances and are treating the death as suicide.
The BBC is reporting something very different. They’re saying that “Thai police told the BBC the 72-year-old was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a cord around his neck and other parts of his body….[A] Thai newspaper The Nation reported that police believe the actor took his own life, and preliminary investigations found that he hanged himself.”
I’m sure we’ll find out what really happened soon enough, but for the moment let’s take a brief look at Carradine’s amazing career.
Carradine was part of an acting dynasty which included his father, John Carradine, and brothers Bruce, Keith and Robert.
The star was best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, which spawned sequels in the ’80s and ’90s. The character became one of the most iconic roles in US TV and earned Carradine both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
He appeared in more than 100 feature films and worked with some of the most well-respected directors in the business including Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby.
He will be missed.