Dead Kill Bill star David Carradine to fly home Saturday

June 5th, 2009 - 8:41 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

David Carradine The body of dead Kill Bill and 70’s television series Kung Fu star David Carradine is expected to be repatriated to the US on Saturday.

Bangkok Lumpini police chief Police Colonel Somprasong Yentuam said the US Embassy in Bangkok had said the family does not question the cause of death and were anxious to have the body returned for burial.

He said the US Embassy had questioned what they called “a violation of privacy”, as the Thai media was informed of the details relating to the star’s death.

Somprasong said the police investigation has so far unearthed no evidence to support the theory that Carradine was murdered.

The 72-year-old veteran actor’s body was found inside a closet in his suite in Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel about 11am on Thursday.

Police said the body was found curled up inside the wardrobe with one end of a shoelace tied around his penis and the other end fastened around his neck. Both of his hands were bound with a cord which was also tied around his neck.

The head of Thailand’s Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) has said Carradine could have been be trying auto-erotic asphyxiation to gain sexual pleasure and may have accidentally suffocated.

Bangkok metropolitan police chief Lt Gen Vorapong Chiewpreecha said the rope attached to his his genitals and the one around his neck were tied together.

“Under these circumstances we cannot be sure that he committed suicide, but he may have died while masturbating,” he said.

In a career which included more than 100 movies over 45 years, Carradine notched up three Golden Globe Award nominations, an Emmy nomination and a string of other accolades.

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