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David Carradine

Born: 1936-12-08 - Died: 2009-06-03
Cause of Death:

Death Summary: David Carradine was found dead in a hotel room at the Park Nai Lert Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

The initial police investigation stated that Carradine had hung himself with a cord from the hotel curtains. (This was never confirmed)

UPDATE: Chuck Binder, Carradine's manager, told TMZ "he firmly believes Carradine did not take his own life -- nor does he think David died accidentally". Binder went on to say that Carradine's hands were tied behind his back rendering him immobalized.

It's also been said that the other end of the rope used on Carradine was found to be tied around his genitals. This can neither be confimred nor denied at this time.

TMZ also states that the Bangkok hotel has been slow handing over video surveillance to the cops.

Who was David Carradine : Carradine was an actor best known for his role of Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu.

Eventhough he was known as David, he was actually born John Arthur Carradine in Hollywood, California in 1936. He had one brother, Bruce Carradine, and two half-brothers Keith and Robert Carradine.

Caradine got his big break in the 1970's with the television series Kung Fu (as well as the sequels in the 80's and 90's) where he played the main character of Kwai Chang Caine.

Some of his other notable roles included the lead in Shane (the 1960's television series based on the 1949 novel), a gunslinger in Taggart, Tempus on the cult hit Charmed, Conrad on Alias and he even made an appearance on Lizzie McGuire.

Carradine also played the role of Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2.

In 2006 Caradine became the spokesman for Yellowbook, the commercials were very reminecscent of the old Kung Fu televison show.

More recently Carradine had worked with the Jonas Brothers and had plans to work with Miley Cyrus in 2009. His last movie role was a 100 year-old Chinese gangster in Crank: High Voltage.
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  1. Chris Says:

    The Kung Fu TV series inspired LOTS of people into practicing martial arts. It was a great show. He did a fantastic job there. RIP.

  2. Sandra Says:

    You will be sadly missed, you were a true insperation, R.I.P

  3. DKNomeD Says:

    I will miss him but… i do not think it was a Suicide, i think he died of Natural Causes or someone killed him

    RIP and hopefully the truth will come out

  4. Charlotte Hasdeu Says:

    How terrible to hear. He was really fantastic, so much of his early work is overlooked, but he was a great actor and a wonderful personality.

  5. Gary Mizer Says:

    Another giant in hollywood is gone. I have been a big fan all my life. Seen all of his movies and remember Kung Fu as one of my most memorable childhood shows. Rest in peace.

  6. TBone Says:

    Watching Kung Fu was a ritual that changed everything I thought about life…Very inspiring

  7. Karen Says:

    I think you were an awsome actor. You will be missed, but remembered in kindness.

  8. Daniel Says:

    He was a great actor and role model. I remember watching Kung Fu, each week and couldn’t wait for the next show. He will be missed by a lot of people. He touched a lot of people in his life. There is no way he could or would commit suicide. We will miss you Grasshopper.

  9. pearl lopez Says:

    How Terrible to hear that he died He was a great actor I will miss him, Another great actor in Hollywood is gone. I have been a big fan, all my life and is moves wear spacial to me You will be sadly missed.God bless you my grasshopper

    P.S yes please published this

  10. Cedric Says:

    The stone has now been passed. Rest easy Grasshopper. You have done well. We will see you on the other side.

  11. m.j.m. azhar Says:

    my condolences.

  12. Daphne Holmes Says:

    David we will miss you. Daphne Holmes @ family

  13. Eddy Zavala Jr Says:

    E. Zavala, Jr

  14. Eddy Zavala Jr Says:

    You will be missed very dearly from fans that have seen you in your movies and tv series from the 70’s on. R.I.P.

  15. farewell master Says:


  16. Tanja Says:

    May the truth set you free. Peace.

  17. DLS$9 Says:

    My condolences to your loved ones, RIP David!!!!

  18. iba Says:

    miss you!

  19. MiB Says:

    The was legend,he shouldnt hang himself on this late aged,something when wrong some where! pls i vestigate!tq n Miss u legend!

  20. loopie Says:

    i grew up watching kung fu. im just so sad and speechless no words can discribe how i feel….

  21. Mona Says:

    I cryed when i saw the cnn breaking news, it was a sad day…..I loved all your shows, you will be greatly missed you were a great actor… my prayers to the family….Fly with the Angels

  22. sylvia v Says:

    my condolences to his family. he will be miss. He was a great actor on of the best.

  23. Grasshopper_2 Says:

    zài jiàn

  24. Pam C. Says:

    David Carradine was a great talent. He will forever be Caine in Kung Fu to me. My condolences to his family.

  25. Masturbation & Rope don't mix Says:

    Police initially said they suspected suicide, though Carradine’s associates had questioned that theory.

    Police Lt. Gen. Worapong Chewprecha told reporters that Carradine was found with a rope “tied around his penis and another rope around his neck.”Erotic asphyxiation

    “The two ropes were tied together,” he said. “It is unclear whether he committed suicide or not or he died of suffocation or heart failure due to an orgasm.”

    Thai police completed an autopsy on Carradine Friday but so far have not released the results.
    Wikki’s aleady updated Cause of death as Erotic asphyxiation.

    Guess he got the thrill of coming and going at the same time.

  26. Jerry Says:

    To the Carradine Family.. our thoughts and prayers to you all. He will be sorely missed..but always loved and respected on and off screen.

  27. Christine L. Hairel Says:

    We will miss him so much.May GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY in this need.

  28. Karate kid Says:

    I don’t think it was suicide. We are possible looking at another Bruce Lee mystery. RIP

  29. The reverend jim Says:

    You will be greatly missed Grasshopper, I pray you have peace in the afterlife. I pray the truth comes out regarding the mysterious circumstances of your passing.

  30. corinne Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May be rest in peace…..

  31. grapeape718 Says:

    may he rest in peace

  32. Andrea Says:

    Wow, pure shock, that man didn’t kill him self, something went wrong I believe. My prayers are with his children and family. This loss is very great to the world, I think everyone knew who he was, and he was an insperation to a lot of people.

  33. Vickest Says:

    Truly an inspirational actor. Will be truly missed, my prayers, thoughts and sympathy go out to the family

  34. Rich Says:

    I was saddened to hear on how you died. Kung Fu was the thing that held me together during my years in Jr. High school which was a bad time of my life. You will be sorly missed. May you rest in peace. Rich of Brunswick MD

  35. Boo Says:

    David was a friend of mine, I know he didn’t kill himself. R.I.P. great friend.

  36. Thelma Says:

    You will be missed from the older crowds
    we were fans from long ago

  37. marge irizarry Says:

    i will miss him he wsa a great actor ,R.I.P

  38. marge irizarry Says:


  39. patty Says:

    I’m shocked i dont believe he has committed suicide,


    great man !my son and i like him alot. i also was born in 1936.was sad here the news of his passing !


    great man !my son and i like him alot. i also was born in 1936.was sad here the news of his passing ! we will miss him !

  42. PK Says:

    He was a great actor and will be sorely missed. I don’t for one minute believe he would commit suicide. I hope they find out the truth for his family’s and fans sake. My condolences to his family.

  43. Lori Howland Says:

    you were an awesome actor. thank you so much for all of the great shows you gave us. you were my hero when i was a teen. we will miss you.

  44. val Says:

    Grasshopper, We hope you have finally found ultimate peace and are truly free. Your spirit will be sadly missed on this Earth.

  45. Tressa Mogas Barzilla Says:

    I grew up watching him and believe that he was a cult icon all by himself, from the 70’s to the present.

  46. Tressa Mogas Barzilla Says:

    He was an cult icon all by himself. He is missed.

  47. Marilyn Guy Says:

    My husband called me up from his job and said to me, “Honey, did ya hear that, David Carradine was found hung in a motel in Bangkok?” I was so in shock. I grew up on Kung Fu and fell in love with this man who showed such strength and reach.
    He was like an Eagle that flew so high- he will never be forgotten, for like a star that shines more brightly in the sky- He will live on.

  48. bunny Says:

    David You were and are loved by many many people.
    It is my hope you are in heaven meditating with the Great One. Your life and your films will keep you fresh on our hearts. blessings to your loved ones at this time, I hope the authorities find the truth and seek justice. PEACE.

  49. eleanor slucher Says:

    I am very sorry for your lost.. I hope that you fine out what happen to him.. I don’t belive that he kill hisself.. Not if he was tied up.. I just hope they fine out.. And I am truely sorry for the family lost may god be with them for there time of lost…quate

  50. Joshua Metzger Says:

    John you were a great actor and an imsperation to many. Words can not exspress the loss the world has undregone in your passing you will be missed and rememberd . R.I.P.

  51. JW Camp Says:

    Enjoyed watching the Carradine’s. All including Father were an asset to the acting profession.

  52. Sandra Says:

    He will be greatly missed. I will always remember him in Kung Fu and all of the westerns he used to do. His death does need to be investigated because it sounds like a homicide, not suicide. This is so sad and I pray for his family. God bless his family and give them strength and peace.

  53. mr mrs. hailey Says:

    we were so sorry to hear about mr carradine he and his family will be in our prayers

  54. kim heise Says:

    The world lost a great actor i use to watch his shows when i was a kid and followed all his movies may he rest in peace

  55. Crazycatlady Says:

    Sad ending :-( R.I.P.

  56. robert parker Says:

    i do not think he killed him self .dont let the cops bush this under the carpet .

  57. robert parker Says:

    r.i.p david

  58. Kat Smith Says:

    As a long time fan of the whole Carradine clan, David was the icon, playing Caine in Kung Fu. We watched him on Wild West Tech and I personally hope that suicide was not an option for him. He has so much to live for , I think I was a terrible accident. God bless his family and we are praying for them all as well has for David.

  59. Helen B Says:

    Condolences to the Carradine family, I was a fan of all of the Carradines. May David Carradine rest in peace.

  60. edward brian lagmay Says:

    condiolence to the family of my idol

  61. Jim King Says:

    dude had a death wish. he choose the easy way out.

  62. S'eana M Skees Says:

    Mr. Carradine will be missed. Being born 1967, I used to watch Kung Fu with my Mother. I could not wait for the next episode.

  63. sak Says:

    women always did say david was hung.

  64. Danielle Says:

    RIP David I grew up with Kung Fu program, you will truly be missed.

  65. Paul Says:

    Kung Fu was unique for its time, David C. brought an elegent art to it not commonly shown. I grew up with Kung Fu and a fan of David C. in this role. He was an inspiration and I am sure would prefer to be remembered for his life rather than the manner of his death. The inner Chi endures and will go on forever.


  66. Dax Says:

    Much respect for a truly unusual and wonderful man.

  67. william reynolds Says:

    have and will always be a big fan

  68. Mary Bradley Says:

    I love him in all his movies, believe me he will be missed. His death has sadden me.

  69. Billythekid Says:

    what a great actor. very sad, was shocked to hear it happened in bkk as well. i will try and find something put something from either thai or english newspaper clippings, as it was a few weeks ago and offer a translation.


  70. Billythekid Says:

    what a great actor. very sad, was shocked to hear it happened in bkk as well. i will try and find something put something from either thai or english newspaper clippings, as it was a few weeks ago and offer a translation.

  71. Emma Jess Says:

    R.I.P David Your One Of The Best Actors Who Is Taken Away May You Rest In Peace My Hero, My Role Model !

  72. Marquis Says:

    this is a sad thing to hear.. he will be missed!

  73. Police Says:

    Grasshopper say: penis in hand & belt around neck makes cum feel great

  74. ray & kim levanduski Says:

    we will miss you very much, we loved you and all your shows & movies we will never forget you

  75. :) Says:

    So, that’s all it took to Kill Bill? :)

  76. sunny55 Says:

    What a great loss, our prayers are with you and your family. This accident should not have happened to such a great and wonderful man. May God’s peace and grace be with you now. May the truth come out to remove all tarnish from your name.

  77. Tonya Says:

    You’ll always be raising “Caine” in my book… We will miss you. RIP

  78. Jerry L. Williams Says:

    I watched his show Kung FU everytime it was on. Hate what happened to him. I believe he was killed by someone. Killer needs to be brought to justice.

  79. joshua adkins jr. Says:

    they need to find who killed him ! , why is nothing beeing done ! .

  80. Linda Coats Says:

    I think he was one of the best actors and i alway injoyed every thing he did, God Loves you

  81. Ramon C Prendergast Says:

    May you and Bruce Lee become friends in heaven and start an angel Kung Fu group. Miss you my brother David.

  82. gerald swallow Says:

    loved kung fu will miss your work

  83. basil riley Says:

    great actor loved him rest in peace david

  84. Bruce Tourand Says:

    I am a huge fan of your work and I will truly miss you and your contributions to the entertainment world. R.I.P. Grasshopper!

  85. adam zamora Says:


  86. Velma Bruchmiller Says:

    I enjoyed watching David C. in Kung Fu, that was a great show. He was an inspiration to all. He will totally be missed. May God be with his family and freinds always.

  87. amber Says:

    I was so upset to hear that David was killed because he was such a great man and actor. I will never beleave he killed him self.

  88. amber Says:

    The great people of this world will always be missed by those left behind.

  89. Tammy Says:

    I Have Been A Fan For Years,And I Will Miss You Alot :(

  90. victoria murphy Says:

    RIP BILL :)

  91. Sherman Newell Says:

    David will be missed!

  92. john walker Says:

    The kung fu series was great viewing and will be fondly remembered by many 70s kids david was brilliant in the roll sadly missed a great actor

  93. High Bang Pain Says:

    Go gently into that dark night. Thank you.

  94. Ken Whitney Says:

    As a child of the 70s I cant think of any TV show that was more insperational, the belts that hang on my wall are there because of your lead.
    Godspeed David, you finally got that pebble.

  95. maggie Says:

    you was great in kung fu miss you

  96. AnonymousGirl Says:

    Maybe he liked auto erotic asphyxiation? Or Maybe he was killed? cord around the balls sounds like something they would do in Thailand. But who knows, I don’t believe anyone will ever know.. great actor.

  97. david Says:

    i dont beleve he done this to him self why would someone who had so much to live for do this the sad thing is who did do it got away with it he was my child hood fav rip

  98. lisa Says:

    you will be missed

  99. marini bestarie Says:

    Mr. Western Kung Fu Master…. we’ll miss ur macho action on “coming soon” movie… RIP,Mr Carradine

  100. LIN Says:

    I heard he was found hanging in a cheap cupboard.
    Only his wife knows the truth on his private parts

  101. anthony Says:


  102. Dean Elmore Says:

    I remember meeting David in Pittsburg Calif while he was shooting a movie, I dont remember the movie but i was his biggest fan and he got wind of me being out in the crowd and came out and met me and actully invited me to watch behind the camera’s while he filmed. This was an event I will never forget !! God bless him !!

  103. Patrick McCarrick Says:

    Your spirit for life will never end

  104. Chandler Fox Says:

    he hung himself in australia


    R I P

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  109. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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