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David Carradine's Death 'May Have Been Sex Play Accident'

'Kill Bill' star David Carradine, who was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room yesterday, may have died accidentally from suffocation or heart failure during an auto-erotic sex game, say Thai police.

"There was a rope tied around his neck and another rope tied to his genitals, and the two ropes were tied together and they hung in the closet," Lieutenant General Worapong Siewpreecha told reporters.

An initial autopsy revealed Carradine had died from a sudden lack of oxygen and his body showed no signs of struggle.

Forensic expert Porntip Rojanasunan said the death appeared to be caused by a botched attempt at auto-erotic asphyxiation, which refers to the practice of intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal.

The practice is regarded as extremely dangerous even if performed with care and results in a hundreds of accidental deaths each year.

It was also linked to the untimely death of Australian pop singer Michael Hutchence, who was also found dead in a luxury hotel room in 1997.

Forensic investigators are now looking at nail and tissue samples to check if the DNA matches cells found on the rope. If the samples match, it would suggest the 72-year-old actor likely tied the ropes himself.

Security cameras showed no one going in or out of Carradine's room, which had been locked from the inside.

David Carradine was in Bangkok shooting the movie 'Stretch'. His manager also says she is sure he didn't commit suicide: "All we can say is, we know David would never have committed suicide."

"We're just waiting for them to finish the investigation and find out what really happened. He would never commit suicide. He was too full of life."

Finally, there is a rumor that Carradine also had his hands tied behind his back, which could mean there was someone else present with him. However, this is very much not fact and only third hand speculation. (update: now confirmed)

“The information about his hands being tied -- I was told that by a producer in Thailand who said that was what he was told by someone in the hotel. I don’t know if that’s true,” said his manager when asked about the rumor.

We will no doubt learn more as the investigation progresses.

June 5, 2009 |

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