I'm really bummed about this one

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
David Carradine, the star of Kung Fu, was found dead in Bangkok of an apparent suicide. I'm usually not too saddened by celebrity deaths, but Carradine was one of my childhood heroes in his role as Caine. This freaking bites.

David Carradine found dead
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
It does although I'm not that surprised, well maybe I should say I'm not all that shocked instead. The person led a much different life from the role he became most known for.
 

goober

Legend
A BBC report of his death reported a rope was tied around his neck and his genitals. :shock: I wonder how certain they are about suicide.
 

albino smurf

Professional
Man he was one of the best. My wife and I got married six years ago on the beach at a very picturesque spot. We went back and visited it a few years later and he was sitting there playing flute, very grasshopper-ish. I was tripping out, but kept it cool and didn't make a scene or even bother him. Pretty awesome moment for me.
 

dParis

Hall of Fame
Man he was one of the best. My wife and I got married six years ago on the beach at a very picturesque spot. We went back and visited it a few years later and he was sitting there playing flute, very grasshopper-ish. I was tripping out, but kept it cool and didn't make a scene or even bother him. Pretty awesome moment for me.
You tripping out would explain why you saw David Carradine sitting on a beach, playing the flute. ;)
 
You tripping out would explain why you saw David Carradine sitting on a beach, playing the flute. ;)
(crying) LMAO! excellent.


So, 'Grasshopper' hop up into great locust nest in sky?... too bad; his 'mystic' schstick was amusingly entertaining. RIP Grenadine. Condolences Rickson.
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
Carradine had recently fallen into a deep depression because, at age 72, he was no longer quick enough to snatch the pebble out of the old blind guy's hand. He no longer could rightfully answer to the name Grasshoppa ;o)

It seems very odd that he would fly all the way to Thailand and begin working on a film only to off himself shortly thereafter.
He could have done that in California.

I must admit, I wondered if this was an INXS style accidental suicide.

Sad end to a very charmed life. His father was a well known film star as well.
 
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TBobLP

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i knew, somehow, what this thread was about before even clicking on it. dont know much about him except from what ive heard and then what ive seen in kill bill...but apparently he was "up there" on a lot of people's lists. seemed like a guy you wouldnt want dying any time soon :-(
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
Well, you have to understand that when Kung Fu was on pre-cable, rabbit ears television (ABC Network) 1972-75?, there were only three or four TV channels in most markets. A big market like NYC might have as many as 7 channels. So, if one was on a hit TV show about half of the country saw it. Not like now with 50+ cable channels and the resulting highly fragmented viewing audience.

Carradine's character Caine was wanted for a murdering someone in the Chinese Royal Family. (I think he went apeshoot after a Chinese Prince killed the old blind grasshoppa guy? It was all very Fugitive-esque sans the one armed man.) I believe Caine was supposed to be half white/half Chinese? The typical Kung Fu episode consisted of Carradine wandering into yet another backwater old west town, and being confronted by yet another group of heavily armed, rowdy racist redneck cowboys that he eventually kicked the utter snot out of Kung Fu style.

Plot Synopsis from TV Guide, Sept 1972: Channel 7, 8PM-9PM Kung Fu: Caine wanders into a backwater western town, is confronted by a group of heavily armed, rowdy redneck racist cowboys and proceeds to kick the utter snot out of them Kung Fu style. He also befriends, and lends much needed guidance to, a troubled youngster before wandering off to the next backwater western town and repeating the dance.

I imagine quite a few kids of that era ended up in emergency rooms having injured themselves emulating Carradine's flying kicks and/or hurling sharp objects at one another.
 
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Bengals1

Hall of Fame
Carradine died of what is known as autoerotic asphyxiation. He's not the first Hollywood actor to go out this way either. Look up Albert Dekker or Michael Hutchence.


Apparently Murray Head was right, one night in Bangkok really can make a hard man humble.....
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
Carradine died of what is known as autoerotic asphyxiation. He's not the first Hollywood actor to go out this way either. Look up Albert Dekker or Michael Hutchence.


Apparently Murray Head was right, one night in Bangkok really can make a hard man humble.....
Autoerotic Asphyxiation: When plain ol' jerking off just won't do it for ya.

Brings new meaning to the term choke hold. ;o)

And, given the circumstances, there is a joke in the fact he died in Bangkok of all places.
 
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FuriousYellow

Professional
Carradine's character Caine was wanted for a murdering someone in the Chinese Royal Family. (I think he went apeshoot after a Chinese Prince killed the old blind grasshoppa guy? It was all very Fugitive-esque sans the one armed man.) I believe Caine was supposed to be half white/half Chinese? The typical Kung Fu episode consisted of Carradine wandering into yet another backwater old west town, and being confronted by yet another group of heavily armed, rowdy racist redneck cowboys that he eventually kicked the utter snot out of Kung Fu style.
Yeah, his character was the son of a white man and chinese woman. One of the recurring themes of the show was his search to find his father in America, which I think he eventually did.

The show was originally the idea of Bruce Lee who envisioned himself in the role as the wanderer, but TV execs didn't want an Asian to be the star of the show. It's funny how Carradine really embraced the role and persona of his TV character after he'd been out of the spotlight for some years kind of like Leonard Nimoy and Spock. I remember reading an article quoting Carradine as saying he didn't even know martial arts when he was doing the show.
 

NotAtTheNet

Semi-Pro
They're actually saying his hands were bound, which leads the police to suspect foul play. Who would want to Kill Bill?
 

JohnnyCracker

Semi-Pro
Too bad. I saw him about 4 weeks ago on an airplane. We were on the same flight with CNN's Sanjay Gupta heading for San Francisco. And 4 weeks later he's dead. Life's short...play tennis now while you still can.
 

raiden031

Legend
They're actually saying his hands were bound, which leads the police to suspect foul play. Who would want to Kill Bill?
An article I read last night said his hands were NOT bound, just his neck and genital region.

If this was autoerotic asphyxiation, I thought only his neck would be bound, not his genital region. Why the second rope?
 
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