June 4th, 2009 16:09 EST
David Carradine Found Dead In Bangkok Hotel
"Actor David Carradine, a born seeker and cult idol who broke through as the willing student called `grasshopper` in the 1970s TV series `Kung Fu` and decades later as leader of an assassin squad in `Kill Bill,` was found dead Thursday in Thailand. Police said he appeared to have hanged himself.
The officer responsible for investigating the death, Teerapop Luanseng, said the 72-year-old actor was staying at a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.
`I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet,` Teerapop said. He said police suspected suicide." Grant Peck/The Associated Press
David Carradine, 72, had a long and distinguished career in the movies and on television. Carradine was best known for his role as Caine in the 1970s television series "Kung Fu."
Carradine wasn`t a retiree who occasionally dabbled in movies; he kept himself busy appearing in many movies and TV shows. As a matter of fact, he was in Bangkok shooting a film.
By all accounts Carradine was happy with his career and with his home life, but we never know what demons our celluloid heroes are battling.
It`s sad that Carradine apparently took his own life, but his legacy will be the over 100 films that he appeared in, and of course his Kung Fung TV show.
It`s a pity that the last image we have of Carradine is of him hanging naked in a Bangkok hotel. Carradine`s legion of fans will remember him as the cool, calm and collected Caine.