By Calvin Palmer
Actor David Carradine has been found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok.
The star of the Kung Fu TV series and movies such as Kill Bill is believed to have committed suicide. He was in the Thai capital to shoot Stretch, his latest film.
Police told the BBC that a hotel maid found the 72-year-old actor this morning sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and genitals.
Local media report Carradine was believed to have committed suicide and had hanged himself with a curtain cord in his suite at the Park Nai Lert Hotel.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Michael Turner confirmed the actor’s death. He said Carradine died either late Wednesday or early Thursday, but he could not provide further details out of consideration for his family.
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 feature films with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby.
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 syndicated 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.