David Carradine, an American actor best known for his work in the 1970s television series “Kung Fu” and most recently in the “Kill Bill” films, was found dead in his hotel room June 4th with ropes tied around him. Now the David Carradine death photo has surfaced in a Thai newspaper and his family is outraged.
Photos of Carradine published in paper show his alleged naked body suspended from a bar in a closet, with his hands bound together above his head.
Police initially suspected his death was a suicide, but have since said it may have been accidental suffocation or heart failure after revealing he was found with a rope tied around his wrist, neck and genitals.
Foul play has also been ruled out as it appears Carradine was alone in the room. Rumor has it that he was participating in auto erotic asphyxiation, a form of masturbation.
Friends say Carradine was known to engage in the practice, and, in his 2003 divorce papers, his ex wife accused him of a “potentially deadly” sexual appetite, according to TMZ.
“The family is outraged about the release of these photos,” said Mark Geragos, an attorney who represents Keith Carradine, the actor’s brother.
Geragos has threatened to sue if the pictures are published anywhere in the U.S. The Thai paper has defended publishing the picture, saying they were honoring the actor.