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David Carradine, the actor who starred in the classic television series "Kung Fu," has been found dead in Bangkok, Thailand.

There are conflicting reports on how Carradine, 72, died.

His agent, who confirmed the death with WABC-TV in New York, said that he believed Carradine died of natural causes.

But according to a report by the Thai news Web site The Nation, Thai police said that the actor apparently hanged himself.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, also confirmed the death of the actor.

Turner said Carradine died either late Wednesday or early Thursday, but he could not reveal further details out of consideration for his family.

Carradine also starred as the title character in director Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" movies in 2003 and 2004.

David Carradine was a member of an acting dynasty that included father John Carradine and brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine.

The actor first played Kwai Chang Caine in the television movie, "Kung Fu," in 1975, and starred in the series of the same name from 1972 to 1975. He reprised the role for another "Kung Fu" television movie and a new series, "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" from 1993 to 1997.

Carradine's other television credits included the miniseries "North and South" and its follow-up, "North and South: Book II." He also starred in the 1966 television series "Shane."

Carradine most recently starred in the action movie "Crank: High Voltage," starring Jason Statham. The actor starred in more than 100 films, including 1975's "Death Race 2000," as the protagonist, an imprisoned race car driver named Frankenstein. He also starred in Statham's 2008 remake of the cult classic, "Death Race," as the voice of the original Frankenstein.



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Carradine 'died during sex act'

Updated on 05 June 2009

Source PA News

The body of American actor David Carradine was found in a hotel room with a rope tied to his neck and genitals, Thai police have said.

The 72-year-old Kung Fu and Kill Bill actor's body was discovered on Thursday in his luxury suite at Bangkok's Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.

Police initially said they suspected suicide, though Carradine's associates had questioned that theory and police later said that no suicide note had been found.




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