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Local media report that veteran actor David Carradine has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room - apparently having hung himself in a closet using a curtain cord. David Carradine in Kung Fu The 73-year-old actor was in the city to shoot his latest movie, Stretch. His personal manager Chuck Binder described the news as " …


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  1. Ian Rogers

    Ahh so


    You hop no more.

  2. Andrew Moore


    Apparently he was found hanged.

  3. The Librarian


    Oook! Oooooook! Ook!

  4. Hanin Elias


    great actor... sad to hear he took the easy way out. you'll be missed!

  5. Del Merritt
    Dead Vulture

    Take the pebbles from my hand

    RIP, Grasshopper. Oh, and be careful in your final race...

    (tombstone for reasons other than the one El Reg suggests, of course.)

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Other news sources reported that he was found on the floor of the wardrobe with a rope tied around his neck and body...

    No-one has mentioned whether he might have been drugged before being killed.

    It's also pretty hard to shut a hotel wardrobe door from the inside when you're all tied up...

  7. Pyros

    ...I'm confused.

    The neck, I understand... but the privates?

    Could it be a severe case of the blue balls in his old age?

  8. Anonymous Coward


    "...and genitals"

    ? Suicide or.... ?

  9. Paul

    Look at the last paagraph of the section 'Death'

  10. E


    He was a good actor, I enjoyed his stuff.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Sorry, I have absolutely no clue when it comes to celebrity names. For the benefit of anyone in the same boat as myself. It's that bloke from that old kung fu program. You know the one, he played a blind kung fu dude or something, I think.

    Long (ish) hair.


  12. Colin MacLean


    From the description of his final pose, sounds like he would have made an excellent Tory MP.

  13. An ominous cow herd

    Rope around his neck...

    ...and genitals?!? WTF?!?


  14. Adam Foxton

    But you still know

    he'll be back for the next race after the Swiss Doctors have a crack at fixing him.

    In the name of Mr President, RIP David Carradine.

    It's the black one with the hood, cape & mask.

  15. Martin Lyne


    I loved the original Death Race.

    There seem to have been a lot of publicised suicides recently.

  16. Anonymous Coward

    Rope arund his genitals?1?

    Possibly an auto-erotic thing?

    Whether he meant to do it or an accident, 'tis a shame.

  17. Anonymous Coward

    If Only

    If Only he had made it out of the closet...

    "Police said he was found "with a rope around his neck and genitals", according to a BBC report this afternoon. "

    Yes, I know I'm a terrible person I will go and stand in the corner and face the wall.

  18. Law
    Paris Hilton

    RE: RIP

    "great actor... sad to hear he took the easy way out. you'll be missed!"

    Didn't sound that easy to me - downright painful!! :(

    There will be so many conspiracy theories about this now - he was masturbating, no, he was killed by triads, no, it was suicide, no, it was assassination, no, he was on drugs... etc etc.

    Poor guy either way, although he lived a pretty sweet life.

  19. Anonymous Coward

    @paul and wikifiddlers


  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A Folly of a Deed, Nonetheless.

    "Possibly an auto-erotic thing?

    Whether he meant to do it or an accident, 'tis a shame." ..... By Anonymous Coward Posted Thursday 4th June 2009 15:07 GMT

    A manic psychotic episode? MkUltraSensitive? ..... for AIMaiden Madness In Sanity.

    PsychoSIS. And an MuI7 ProgramMING.......... for Base IQs ..... FundaMental Free Radicals ........ XXXXistentialists.

  21. Stephen Donohoe

    Death of a Legend

    The Bride: And what, pray tell, is the five-point-palm-exploding-heart technique?

    Bill: Quite simply, the deadliest blow in all of martial arts. He hits you with his fingertips at five different pressure points on your body. And then he lets you walk away. But after you've taken five steps, your heart explodes inside your body, and you fall to the floor, dead.


  22. Andus McCoatover

    @Ian Rogers - and others.

    Surely you mean "Glasshopper"?

    Nope, to "Who" - he wasn't the blind dude. That was his Master. "Glasshopper - you have much to learn"

    (@Hmmm) Forgive me, but this isn't the first famous death to occur by hanging -tadger-in-full-view in a wardrobe?*

    72? Christ-on-a-bike, I have trouble getting it up at 52. Never thought of using a rope.

    But then, you should see my missus. Best not. Curdle your milk.

    *As a friend of mine asked "Have you ever been caught masturbating in a wardrobe" (me) "No!" (friend) "Great place to hide, ain't it?"

    Cheap coffee-resistant keyboards at Tesco.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Get with the programme

    Jeez, why can't these auto-erotica peeps content themselves with jacking off like the rest of us with a bit of cheap hotel p0rn and a box of tissues close to (the other) hand?

    Paris, she'd have shown him how it's done properly without topping yourself.

  24. Andrew Fraser



    I remember him from Kung Fu, and Kill Bill.

    A great loss...

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Down

    this death has a name

    It's called "doing a Michael Hutchence". Pushing yourself to the edge of consciousness whilst experiencing an orgasm.

    Only, it's a really really stupid thing to do alone.

    What a way to go, with your knob in a noose, in a wardrobe, in Bangkok hotel.

    Exit stage left.

  26. Red Bren

    @AC - 15:33

    Step out of the cupboard AManFromMars, we know it's you...

  27. tuna
    Dead Vulture

    What Did 1 SadoMasochist Say to The Other?

    You will regret that, Joe.

  28. Matt

    sounds like...

    the classic asphyxi-wank.

  29. Anonymous Coward

    Don't mess with rope in a wardrobe...

    Don't mess with rope in a wardrobe... you might ninja yourself.


  30. Bad Beaver

    Oh no.

    What a shame to lose him. RIP, man.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    ...was rehearsing for a sequel to "Bound for Glory"

  32. John Freeman
    Dead Vulture


    He was in Bangkok for heavens sake, he could go down to the nearest club (usually within a stones throw of any hotel and bar-fined a chick within minutes, yet he chooses to go Auto-erotic in the closet? He must have been Catholic.

  33. Anonymous Coward

    *IF* it was a sexual mis-adventure thing...

    Then big-up to the guy for still cracking one out and having a bit of a wild side at the age of 73! :-)

  34. Anonymous Coward

    just sad

    'nuff said.

  35. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle


    We're waiting for the IT angle.....

  36. lardheppus


    Was he well hanged, or well hung?

  37. ThinkingOutLoud
    Paris Hilton

    KC, RIP

    Keith, I have enjoyed your work since I saw you on Kung Fu, imitating you on the school playground.

    Recently, I thought you were great on Kill Bill and looked forward to seeing you again soon.

    Alas, no more. WTF happened? Why couldn't Peter Andre have taken your place?


    Paris should have been with you to make your last moments easier...

  38. Andy Bright

    Kill Bill

    "I've killed a hell of a lot of people to get to this point. But I have only one more. The last one, the one I'm driving to right now. The only one left. And when I arrive at my destination, I am gonna kill Bill."

    Rumours that police are searching for a blond woman carrying a Hanzo sword remain unconfirmed..

  39. 4irw4y

    Bangkok Is A Diagnosis

    When translated from Bangkokian, "Police identifies a suicide" is "Journalists may come with money".

  40. ratfox

    Bill Killed

    So she got him in the end...

    Mine's still... in the wardrobe...

  41. jaime

    The world is a poorer place today

    His box set of Kung Fu dvd's are some of my favorite of all time!

    I'll have to watch them all again now...


    And if anyone is looking for an IT angle in all this his brother Robert Carradine played one of the biggest nerds ever in Revenge of the Nerds I and II!

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wasn't Bruce Lee meant to be Caine

    or did he write the concept and it got pinched by Warner Ninja Bros.

    Well if you are going to reveal the secret arts, then see what happens.

    Yes they all look like accidents don't they, very impressive.

  43. Rhiakath Flanders
    Dead Vulture


    You've inspired us all during our childhood, with your "kung fu" series. You kept us all company thru the TV.

    Rest in peace, Grasshopper.

    PS: And I really would NEVER EVER imagine kwai chang caine dying inside a wardrobe with his balls tied up.

  44. Ihre Papiere Bitte!!

    No surprise

    I'd heard of a few interviews where he'd sit every evening with a loaded gun and think about eating it, just as an interesting philosophical excercise. Always figured he'd end up doing himself in somehow.

    Shame though. He did a lot of good as an ambassador for the martial arts - how many people got into them in the 70's because of him? Add that to the publicity work he's done for the more positive side of the arts since then, he did a lot of good. Shame he had to have this as his final legacy. He's forever going to be known as "The Wanking Grasshopper".

    Love the Wikipedia bit posted by Paul @ 1459. For those who can't be arsed to go there yourselves (and I don't blame you, I always want a shower after visiting WikiLand), the sentence in question, under the subheading of 'Death' on DC's WikiBio is:

    "The cause of death was a ninja assasination in the middle of the night. Carradine was unable to fend off the attack because his buddy Chuck Norris was passed out drunk."

  45. Andus McCoatover

    @Look at the last paragraph of the section 'Death'

    I'm sure it's gonna be moderated off Wikipedia, but, let's keep it for posterity.....

    As Paul refers,

    <wikipedia>"The cause of death was a ninja assasination in the middle of the night. Carradine was unable to fend off the attack because his buddy Chuck Norris was passed out drunk."

    Paul has now been added to my Keyboard Debt club

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lived to a good age...

    ... and went out with a hang^H^H^H^Hbang...

  47. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    you're my favourite person, but sometimes...

    Two things I can't believe:

    1) That some bozo is asking where the IT angle is in an entertainment article. There's always going to be one, isn't there? It's one of life's constants.

    2) That no one has mentioned the unfortunate title of the film he was shooting in Bangkok.


  48. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    He's just feigning death

    Watch this, he'll spring out of the coffin, do a 360 degree spin kick and then start laughing at the guests who thought he wanked himself to death.

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    In the closet...?

    I understand that self-asphyxiation is supposed to heighten the auto-erotic experience - never tried it myself and doubt if I ever will. But what was the point of getting inside a wardrobe to commit this act? The mind boggles...

    Paris, 'cos you can lead a horse to water, but that girl knows the way to Bangkok.

  50. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    He just had to be

    Hung while filming 'Stretch'.... Irony Sucks

  51. Chris
    Thumb Up

    kung fu skills

    Apparently the ability to snatch a pebble from a blind old man's hand does not render a man able to untie a rope with his penis.

  52. Andus McCoatover

    @ Sarah Bee

    "....shooting in Bangkok" ???!!??

    You kill me, you really do! ;-)

    (You're now a 'keyboard debt club' member)

    (Incidentally, I've probably stayed at the same hotel. Never found a wardrobe big enough for those shenanigans.)

  53. Anonymous Coward

    Can't resist

    Hmm, seems slightly more appropriate now ...

    The unshown scene from Kung Fu ...

    Master: "Ah Glasshopper, what have you got there ?"

    Grasshopper: "Dirty magazines Master, when should I stop reading them ?"

    Master: "When your eyes go like mine Glasshopper !"

    I'll get my coat.

  54. pctechxp

    Poor guy

    Of all the ways to go, why hang yourself in a closet?

    I haven't seen Kung Fu as it was before my time but have now added the first series on DVD to my rental list.

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