Did ‘Kung Fu’ actor David Carridine die by autoerotic asphyxiation?

People who know him say he was not at all depressed. The fact that his genitals were bound sounds like he may have just made a mistake.

Carradine’s body to return home, while questions remain

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — David Carradine’s wife and his manager disputed suggestions that the actor’s death was a suicide, while rescue workers and police in Bangkok, Thailand, said the actor’s neck and genitals were found bound with rope.

David Carradine was the star of the 1970s TV series, “Kung Fu,” and appeared in more than 100 films.

After Carradine’s body arrives back to the United States this weekend, an autopsy ordered by Carradine’s family will be conducted, according to the actor’s co-manager.

“They’re doing everything possible to get to the bottom of what really happened,” said Carradine’s co-manager Tiffany Smith…

Bangkok police said Carradine was found hanging by a nylon rope in a Bangkok hotel room closet Thursday morning.

“Our preliminary assumption is that the cause of death was suffocation, because there was a rope tied to his neck,” said Bangkok police spokesman Somprasong Yenthuam…

A member of the emergency crew who was called to the hotel after a maid found Carradine told CNN that a yellow nylon rope was tied around the actor’s neck and a black rope was around his genitals. Police later confirmed that information.

The same emergency crew source said Carradine’s hands were not tied, contrary to some media reports. Smith, the co-manager, also said media reports quoting the actor’s management saying the hands were tied were untrue.

It’s a dangerous practice, definitely. Though ruled a suicide, INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence’s death was almost surely by autoerotic asphyxiation.

All-around musician Kevin Gilbert died by it back in 1996. His manager came over to tell him he’d gotten an audition to replace Phil Collins in Genesis and found him dead.

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