R.I.P. David Carradine

Posted by · 9:46 am · June 4th, 2009

David CarradineBig, cold bucket of water to the face this morning.  Here’s the “just the facts” story from the AP, in part:

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.

I can’t say I grew up with “Kung Fu” but Carradine was one of those actors that had me in awe just at how damn busy he stayed.  And now he’s gone at 72.  Many of today’s generation will of course remember him as Quentin Tarantino’s diabolical Bill from the “Kill Bill” movies, but for most, he’ll always be Kwai Chang Caine:

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  • 1 6-04-2009 at 10:15 am

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    I loved Carradine in the Chuck Norris film Lone Wolf McQuade. RIP David!


  • 2 6-04-2009 at 10:21 am

    Vito said...

    I can’t believe it. What a shock.


  • 3 6-04-2009 at 12:15 pm

    Mike said...