Thursday, June 4, 2009

Legendary actor David Carradine has been found dead!

Very sad news. Legendary actor David Carradine, best known as the iconic Kwai Chang Caine in the ABC series Kung Fu, and heroic race car driver Frankenstein in the Roger Corman cult classic Death Race 2000, has been found dead in a luxury hotel in Bangkok, the victim of an apparent suicide.

From the press release:

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. actor David Carradine, best known for his roles in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu and the Kill Bill movies, has been found dead in the Thai capital Bangkok.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, confirmed the death of the 72-year-lead actor. He said Carradine died either later Wednesday or early Thursday, but he could not reveal further details out of consideration for his family.

The Web site of the newspaper The Nation, citing unnamed police sources, said Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room, and is believed to have committed suicide.

According to etonline, "His manager Chuck Binder says the actor arrived in Bangkok on Monday to film 'Stretch.' He was found dead Wednesday morning in his hotel room by a member of the production company."

imdb has a good biography right here. They note that, "David Carradine is the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine and now presides over an acting family that includes brothers Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine and Michael Bowen as well as his daughters Calista Carradine, Kansas Carradine and nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton."

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