David Carradine was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand. Conflicting reports make it unclear who discovered his body, or whether he passed away this morning or on Wednesday. Carradine’s manager told People he passed away on Wednesday and was discovered by a film producer:
Oscar-nominated actor David Carradine, best known for his leading role of Kwai Chang Caine on TV’s Kung Fu in the 1970s, died Wednesday in Bangkok, where he was shooting a film, his manager confirmed Thursday. The star was 72.
According to manager Chuck Binder, the movie’s producer went to Carradine’s hotel room and found that he had passed away. Binder told Fox News the death is “shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work … a great person.”
In a conflicting report from the BBC which implies suicide, Thai police stated Carradine was found this morning, not by a film producer but instead by a hotel maid:
Thai police told the BBC the 72-year-old was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a cord around his neck and other parts of his body.
The US star was in Thailand filming his latest film, Stretch, according to his personal manager Chuck Binder.
A US embassy official confirmed the actor’s death, but added that the cause of death had not yet been established.
However, Thai newspaper The Nation reported that police believe the actor took his own life, and preliminary investigations found that he hanged himself.
It’s unusual that the normally impeccably reputable BBC would run with as-yet-unconfirmed reports from Thailand stating that the circumstances of Carradine’s death do not match up with those described by his manager. Perhaps there’s been some misunderstanding on the manager’s part, or some miscommunication with Thai police.
In any case, regardless of the circumstances of Carradine’s death, his passing is tragic and he will certainly be missed.