CNN (June 4, 2009)
"American actor David Carradine has been found dead, hanging by a nylon rope in a hotel room closet in Bangkok, Thailand, according a Thai police official.
"Carradine, who became famous in the 1970s when he starred as traveling Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the television series 'Kung Fu,' was 72.
"The rope was believed to be from the hotel room curtains, Bangkok Police Lt. Col. Pirom Chanpirom said Thursday.
"He said investigators found no sign of forced entry into Carradine's room.
"An autopsy was being conducted at a Bangkok hospital, but no results will be available for another day, he said.
"A Carradine family spokeswoman issued a short statement saying the family 'is devastated by the news of David's passing.'
" 'Circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown, and there will be no further comment until more information can be confirmed,' the statement said.
" 'The family appreciates the many expressions of condolence, and asks for privacy at this time.'..."
David Carradine is one of a family of capable actors, including John Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine and Ever Carradine.
I've enjoyed watching both the seventies "Kung Fu" series, and "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues." They not Shakespeare: but they were good entertainment.
I've also seen the late David Carradine in other roles. Unlike many 'stars' of the silver screen, David Carradine was an actor: the characters he played had features which were similar to "Kung Fu's" soft-spoken Shaolin monk, but the accent, mannerisms, and facial expressions were very different. As I said, David Carradine was an actor.
He will be missed.
Update (June 4, 2009)
A Catholic's reaction to David Carradine's death:
- "David Carradine 1936-2009: What if It's Suicide?"
A Catholic Citizen in America (June 4, 2009)