Thursday, June 4, 2009

R.I.P. David Carradine (1936 - 2009)

Kung Fu and Kill Bill star found dead...

Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actor David Carradine has been found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok, where he was staying while filming his latest movie Stretch. Early police reports indicated that Carradine - best known for his work as Kwai Chang Caine in the U.S. TV series Kung Fu (1972 - 1975) and the title character in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies - committed suicide by hanging, although a statement later revealed the actor had died accidently while attempting auto-erotic asphyxiation. He was found by a maid in the early hours of Thursday morning, June 4th. He was 72.

The son of Hollywood actor John Carradine, Carradine enjoyed a long and successful career with over 100 screen credits to his name. He worked alongside legendary directors such as Martin Scorsese (Boxcar Bertha, Mean Streets) and Ingmar Bergman (The Serpent's Egg), and had enjoyed a career boost in recent years following his collaboration with Tarantino. His last appearance came alongside Jason Statham in the action sequel Crank: High Voltage.

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