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Carradine's family seeks FBI assistance

THE family of American actor David Carradine has asked the FBI to help investigate his death after his body was found in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel closet with a rope tied to his neck, wrist and genitals.

Carradine's family does not believe he committed suicide and are troubled by conflicting accounts about the circumstances of his death, Mark Geragos, an attorney for brother Keith Carradine, told CNN's Larry King late on Friday.

"They want an investigation," Geragos said. "I would think that the people in Bangkok would want to support an investigation and allow the FBI to go over there and assist in the investigation so we can get the answers to the questions."

Thai police said yesterday they have not been contacted by the FBI.

Police initially said Carradine's body was found "naked, hanging in a closet," causing them to suspect he committed suicide, though no suicide note was found.

On Friday, however, police said the actor may have died from accidental suffocation or heart failure after revealing he was found with a rope tied around his neck and penis - leading to speculation Carradine may have engaged in a dangerous form of sex play.

The results of an autopsy performed on Friday in the Thai capital were not expected for at least three weeks, said Dr Nanthana Sirisap, director of Chulalongkorn Hospital's Autopsy Center.

Pornthip Rojanasunand, director of Thailand's Central Institute of Forensic Science, said the circumstances under which Carradine died suggest the 72-year-old actor may have been performing auto-erotic asphyxiation.


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