Suicide has been ruled out.
According to THR, it has been reported by the medical examiner who oversaw a private autopsy on the late Kung Fu star David Carradine that the actor died of asphyxiation, and definitely not suicide.
On June 4, Carradine was found hanging in the closet of his Bangkok hotel suite, which lead police to believe that the star hung himself. Concerned with this predicament, the family hired Michael Baden, a New York-based forensic pathologist, to conduct a follow-up death investigation to the one handled by Thai authorities.
“The case of death was asphyxiation, an inability to breather, now why that happened is still what we’re working on,” Baden told Reuters.
After the death of the Kung Fu star, Thailand’s authorities conducted the first autopsy, but on June 8, they said it would take a month to know how he died. What lead Baden to rule out suicide was that Carradine’s ligatures, or ties that bind, were on Carradine’s body at the time of his death.
“He didn’t die of natural causes, and he didn’t die of suicidal causes from the nature of the ligatures around the body, so that leaves some kind of accidental death.”
Baden is still trying to figure out the cause of the asphyxiation, but it’s nice to know that the media’s suggested cause for Carradine’s death has been ruled out and that the actor is a step closer to being able to rest in peace.