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Friday, June 5, 2009

'Kill Bill' star David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

By Agencies --- David Carradine, Hollywood actor of 'Kill Bill' fame was found dead in a Bangkok hotel under mysterious circumstances. 

The 72-year-old actor who played the title character in Quentin Tarantino's two-part saga 'Kill Bill' was found hanging from a curtain cord in his room in Park Nai Lert Hotel, Thailand's The Nation newspaper reported.  The star who shot to fame with super hit 70's show 'Kung Fu' was in Bangkok to shoot for his upcoming film 'Stretch'. 

He was discovered by a hotel staff hanging naked in the wardrobe with a cord around his neck and genitals prompting speculation that the star died while performing a sexual act on himself which accidentally led to asphyxiation.  However local police has classified it as a case of suicide. 

"It looks like a suicide. He was a big man and it would have been difficult for someone to move him in there and kill him in there," Pol Col Somprasong Yentuam, Chief of Lumpini police said. 

Police also added that they found no sign of fighting, or intrusion or assaults at the scene. However star's manager has denied police's suicide theory. 

"I can tell you 100 per cent that he would have never committed suicide. He was too full of life," said Tiffany Smith, the star's manager to US magazine People. 

Carradine had been open about his past battles with drugs, alcohol and suicidal tendencies but his manager said the actor had been in good spirits and was eager to work on the current film with three more lined up when he returned to US. 

"We are not saying it's an accidental death because we don't know," said Smith. "Right now we are just letting everyone know that it's under investigation and we'll see ... I just know he didn't do this to himself." 

The actor's family is also stunned by the news. In a statement, Carradine's niece, actress Martha Plimpton, expressed the family's sense of loss. 

"My Uncle David was a brilliantly talented, fiercely intelligent and generous man," Plimpton said. 

"He was the nexus of our family in so many ways, and drew us together over the years and kept us connected. I adored him as a child, and as an adult I admired and respected him. We will all miss him terribly," she added.

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