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David Carradine found dead, hanged

UNITED States actor David Carradine was found dead, naked and hanging from a rope in the closet of his luxury Bangkok hotel room yesterday, Thai police said.

Police said they were alerted to the death of the actor - who starred as the wandering monk in the long-running Kung Fu US television series - yesterday morning.

"He was found hanging by a rope in the room's closet," Lieutenant Colonel Pirom Jantrapirom of the Lumpini police station in Bangkok told reporters. He said Carradine's body was naked when it was found and there were no signs of any other people in the room. The body has been transferred to a hospital for an autopsy.

US embassy official Michael Turner earlier confirmed Carradine's death. "I can confirm that David Carradine passed away in Bangkok. We extend our condolences to his family," Turner said.

Carradine was a leading member of a venerable Hollywood acting family that included his father, character actor John Carradine, and brother Keith.

In all, he appeared in more than 100 films with such directors as Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman.

But he was best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin priest traveling the 1800s American frontier West in the TV series "Kung Fu," which aired in 1972-75.

He reprised the role in a mid-1980s TV movie and played Caine's grandson in the 1990s series "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues."

He returned to the top in recent years as the title character in Quentin Tarantino's two-part saga "Kill Bill."


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