David Carradine was found dead in his Bangkok hotel room today from what appeared to be a self-constructed noose, according to the Associated Press. The 72-year-old actor gained a cult following after starring in the 1972 television series "Kung Fu" as a student named Caine and in Kill Bill, as the assassin Bill.
David was staying at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel while filming a movie, Stretch, when Thai investigators found him.
"I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet," said the investigating officer, Teerapop Luanseng. He said that officials thought it was suicide. The US embassy only asserted that David had been found dead, and declined further details out of respect for his family.
Thai newspaper The Nation reported that David didn’t eat a meal with his film crew on Wednesday and couldn’t be contacted. Early the next morning, a hotel maid found his body. According to the paper, police reports indicated that David used a curtain cord to hang himself. The Nation also noted that there were no initial signs of assault.
Bangkok police confirmed to the AP that an autopsy would be performed at a hospital tomorrow.
David’s niece, actress Martha Plimpton, has released this statement about her famous relative: "My Uncle David was a brilliantly talented, fiercely intelligent and generous man. He was the nexus of our family in so many ways, and drew us together over the years and kept us connected."
David was a prolific actor, appearing in many movies and television programs before his death.
— Whitney Teal