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article imageMystery Shrouds Actor's Death: Carradine's Family Seeks Help

By M Dee Dubroff     Jun 7, 2009 in Lifestyle
The death of actor, David Carradine, was a shock to those who knew and loved him. Adding to the tragedy are the conflicting reports as to how he was found and the doubts that he ever would have committed suicide. Read on for more sad details.
According to news sources, Keith Carradine has hired Mark Geragos, a Los Angeles attorney, to help unravel the mystery surrounding the death of his brother, David, who was found by a maid hanging naked in a closet in his hotel suite at Bangkok's Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel. In the words of Mark Geragos:
“The family has contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and filed a formal request to have the FBI contact authorities in Thailand for further information. They have no more information than what had been written and said in the media. I wish for them, and their sake, that they did but it's the opposite. They are getting reports that both seem conflicting and evolving. They've done this because … the nature of those reports have given the family great pause.”
The 1970s Kung Fu star was the son of veteran actor, John Carradine, who was best known for his roles in horror films and westerns from the 1940s and 1950s. Three of David’s four brothers are also actors; Robert, Keith, and Bruce Carradine, respectively. The 72-year-old actor was recently featured in the “Kill Bill” movies and had traveled to Bangkok to film the movie, “Stretch.”
The Thai media has indicated that the cause of death pending the results of toxicology tests was either suicide or accidental auto-erotic asphyxiation. Some reports have said a cord was wrapped around Carradine's genitals and others that his hands were bound behind his back. None of these reports can be confirmed, which only magnifies the concern and angst of those who loved him.
It is not known how long an investigation might take to unravel the truth. The family has also enlisted the aid of forensic pathologist and former medical examiner for New York City Dr. Michael Baden, who will conduct his own investigation upon the return of the body returns to United States soil.
It is hoped the mystery will soon be solved although answers cannot really ease the loss of David Carradine to those who loved him. Sometimes the truth doesn’t set anything free at all, but it needs to be found and dealt with.
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