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Carradine's Family Suspicious of Death

6/5/2009 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Carradine's family believes foul play was involved in the actor's death because they've been told he was found with his hands tied behind his back.

Earlier today, Thai police added to the mystery saying, "It is unclear whether [David] committed suicide or not or [whether] he died of suffocation or heart failure." Police say he could have died from an "accidental suffocation."

David's body was discovered in his Bangkok hotel room early Thursday morning -- police said there was rope wrapped around his neck and genitals.

Initially cops suspected suicide, but Carradine's close friends and family immediately refuted the claim -- saying David would never do that to himself. But cops say there's no evidence to suggest anyone was in the room at the time of David's death.

Now, suspicions of foul play are growing even stronger among family members who claim the hotel has been incredibly slow in turning over surveillance video to cops.

We've been told by the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok that David's body was shipped back to the States Friday evening (Thailand is 14 hours ahead of PST).

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1929 days ago

stephano g    

I've been in Bangkok hotels with prostitutes. Most higher end hotels require the girl (or ladyboy) to leave their I.D. at the desk before going up to room. Thai police are very corrupt and are known for giving false info. to the press. They do this to "save face" for the government and for themselves. I would immediately fly to Thailand and start paying off everyone for info. if I was the family. Money talks in Thailand!

1929 days ago


Sometimes Life Imitates Art / Art Imitates Life.......

As seen in the Kill Bill movies, remember the scene of Lucy Lui's character that killed the pedofile when she was just a girl........... I would put my money on something very similiar to that happening, weather it being a victim, or an actual pimp teaching him a lesson.

I know that sounds horrible, and whomever may have done that wanted the lesson to be heard around the world.
For the family's sake, the USA, and's better that it is thought of as a suicide. It's embarressing to the family & USA, and it sure doesn't do anything good to Thailand's (or similiar surrounding countries) economy if the rest of the world thinks this happens to tourist. It's a different way of life over there, different laws, different culture. Perhaps there are things about him and his lifestyle, that we don't want to know about. Bangkok has a enormous sex-trade involving anything, and everything, age does not make a difference, it is part of there tourism.

1929 days ago


Hey really sound like you know what your talking about...what are you wearing?

1929 days ago

gloria mother smith    

If no evidence to suggest anyone was in the room at the time of David's death how he hang himself if his hands were tied behind him I don't believe this was some sex game gone wrong and wont believe it he wasn't that way he was a sweet man

1929 days ago


Uma Thurman has become the prime suspect.

1929 days ago

albert J. Reine Jr.    

Thiland is a very dangerous Country to play around with Sexual ? behavior ? We will most likely newer no ! Very Odd to have your hands tied up, and rope around your sexual organ and hanging in a closet of a five star hotel; Something is not right, or the police are involved !

1929 days ago


Well lets see..........hummmm....he ties a rope around his genitals, then around his neck.....then he ties his hands behind his back, then manages to then PRETZEL himself Houdini like so that he is able to LOOP a rope that is tied all around him, across the closet clothes bar, and from there he leans against the rope and kisses the world , yep, no doubt its a could anyone think otherwise....i mean.....after all.....who cant tie their hands with a rope behind their back, after using the rope to tie up their genitals, and then of course tie the rope around the neck,...or was it , the neck, then the hands, ...or was it....hummmm....YEAH, closed.

1929 days ago


Come on. Everyone knows why rich old white guys travel to Thailand. It got out of hand, or he met the wrong person. It happens. Shouldn't devalue his body of work, if it had any. Shouldn't devalue him as a person. Maybe we should just let him rest in peace and move on.

1929 days ago


A fine man, a fine actor, a gentle soul who inspired a lot of us. May he be in a better place and may his family be allowed to grieve in peace. My condolences to all who knew and loved him.

1929 days ago


I think the less we hear about this, the better. A common term for this is "choke and stroke", where the near passing out sensation intensifies the orgasm. I am sure Carradine's family would want this let go. He certainly had a prostitute accomplice to "pull this off", and S & M is certainly a part of it. Bottom line, sexual adventuring gone wrong. For the record, I would rather think of how Carradine LIVED and what he did for the media arts than how or why he died. Rest in peace, Grasshopper...

1929 days ago


A few things sound very likely here. He either died accidentally by himself through auto-eroticism or someone else was involved in the sex act. There likely is someone out there who has the answer. Suicide and murder are the least things possible. There have been a lot of speculations here and most people are saying the same things as my comment. We may never know the exact truth. This is a very bad accident. He was my brother and his best friend's daily entertainment when they were young. They lived by a lot of his words. A favorite quote from Kung Fu--" If I worry, will it change things?" Does anyone remember that? He will be missed. Ohhh Grasshopper, RIP

1929 days ago

Mama GG    

This poor man has suffered a horrible death, however and at whoever's hands it man truely be we will most likely never know. Face it, David Carradine has just joined Marilyn Monroe, Gearge Reeves, Elvis Presley, and other celebrities whose deaths remain forever shrouded in contoversy: suicide, murder, accident? Only God know. God bless you, David. Rest in peace.

1929 days ago


How does tying up the genitals intensify the orgasm?

Seems like that would hurt too much.

1929 days ago


everyone knows david was into 'offbeat ' and mystical things .. its no telling what bizarre things he was 'into' and i dont mean that in a bad way ....its his business and i think he was a great guy and actor ....its too bad he took it too far .....(unless we're talking about a homicide which i doubt ia what happened )

1929 days ago
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