05 June 2009

David Carradine Dead in Thailand

Strange and sad.

Police said the 72-year-old actor's body was discovered Thursday in the closet of his hotel room at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel. Police were investigating and suspected suicide, though one of Carradine's managers questioned that theory.
"All we can say is, we know David would never have committed suicide," said Tiffany Smith, of Binder & Associates, his management company. "We're just waiting for them to finish the investigation and find out what really happened. He really appreciated everything life has to give ... and that's not something David would ever do to himself."
Dr. Nanthana Sirisap, director of Chulalongkorn Hospital's Autopsy Center, told reporters that the autopsy was being conducted because of "unusual circumstances surrounding Carradine's death." He did not elaborate on the circumstances, and could not say when results would be released.

I think that suicide at this stage of his life/career is a little strange. He was a great B movie actor and one of the most recognizable celebrities to my generation. He had a long career and was just getting to where he wanted to be, in the limelight of mainstream films. If I have a life half as interesting as his was I'd count myself as blessed.

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