“Kung Fu” and “Kill Bill” star David Carradine has been found dead in Bangkok. The Times’ Dennis McLellan has written an obituary, and here’s an excerpt:
David Carradine, who became a TV icon on the early 1970s western series “Kung Fu” and had a long career in the movies, has been found dead in Bangkok, Thailand. He was 72.
Carradine was found hanged in his hotel room today, the Thai newspaper The Nation reported on its website, citing unidentified police sources. He was believed to have committed suicide.
The actor, who was in Bangkok to shoot a movie, could not be contacted after he failed to appear for a meal with the film crew on Wednesday, the newspaper said. His body was found by a hotel maid at 10 a.m. this morning.
The Associated Press reported that Michael Turner, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, confirmed Carradine’s death, but out of consideration for the actor’s family could not provide more details.
— Jevon Phillips