Thursday, June 4, 2009

David Carradine, Say It Aint So!!!

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As i'm sure you know by now, David Carradine, veteran actor probably best known for his roles as Bill in the Kill Bill saga, the iconic Frankenstein in Death Race 2000, and Kwai Chang Caine from the Kung Fu series, was found dead today in his hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand. While initial reports cited natural causes as the reason for the seemingly happy legend's death, more recent reports have come out claiming that Carradine commited suicide via hanging himself. Even more recent reports, like the one from UK's The Sun, suggest that Carradine died as a result of an autoerotic asphyxiation attempt. What is that, you not up on your weird sexual terms folks might be asking?

Autoerotic asphyxiation - intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal.

Still a little vague? Here's a little demonstration video i've uploaded for you, courtesy of season 2 of (the greatest show ever on television) Six Feet Under .....

***Video deleted by YouTube, the basterds! Oh well, it was just a guy jerking off to porn and then at the point of orgasm rigging a belt up to his weight machine and choking himself but accidently killing himself in the process. Guess you'll have to check out Six Feet Under to see it!***

I certaintly hope these reports are false but regardless of what he did in his personal life or how he died, he was still a great actor and he will be missed.

Rest In Peace, David Carradine.

So what do you guys make of all this? Let's not jump to any conclusions here as any or all of these accusations could prove totally untrue (and I in no way want to further put these allegations on the map as truth, i'm just merely stating what i've heard), but would a suicide or a death by sexual strangulation forever tarnish your opinion of this legendary actor? Or can you look past such things and appreciate him for the entertainment and joy he provided while he was here? Leave a comment and let me know!

17 comments:

Bjornabo said...

In my opinion is does not matter how or why he died.

Carradine was a great actor and he will be remembered (at least by me) for the many great movies he participated in.

BUT lets hope that The Sun (as usual) made some "twists" on the story to sell more newspapers.

So in honor of Mr. Carradines passing I will wath "Dead And Breakfast" tonight.

Johnny said...

Amen. I may have to watch Death Race 2000 myself!

The Warfreak said...

Rest in peace, Caine.

Nik Holmes said...

Ah, Death Race 2000 it is! if only for the fanastically crap fight scenes which go to show how even a legends like Carradine and Stallone can flounder around without a fight co ordinator to guide them.

According to iMDB he was honing a new move for Karate Kid 5 - Wax on, Whacks off. oooooooh!! What? Too soon?

Radiation Cinema! said...

A sad day indeed for all of us Baby Boomers that worshipped Kung Fu. So noble, so gentle, so deadly. God Speed. - Mykal

Carl (ILHM) said...

If he was killed, it is a devastating and horrible shame, as I loved him as well, but I have very little sympathy for anyone that commits suicide. He will be missed though, amazing actor for sure!

Johnny said...

Nik - never too soon for a nice harmless joke! I usually wait 24 hours until I start cracking jokes about tragedies. I call it the 9/12 rule.

Cins said...

I'm really sad to see him go. He was just one of those actors I loved to watch. HE had a certain something about him.
I'm not sure if I buy the suicide thing. He was no spring chicken afterall.

Johnny said...

Well, it's been confirmed that the cause of death was in fact autoerotic asphyxiation. How sad that his whole career will now be overlooked and all anyone will be able to see him as is the dude who died trying to choke himself while jerking off. That's really fuckin depressing. He just wanted to get off!

Cins said...

Johnny>>Is it wrong of me to think "Don't we all?" To your last sentence?
I think I just spring boarded myself into creepy internet person territory...I blame beer.
Damn shame about Mr Caradine. I'm hoping he'll be more remembered from Kill Bill and Kung Fu than Choaking the Chicken.

Nik Holmes said...

The age he was and the volume of work he leaves behind, hopefully once the dust has settled people will remember the super cool kung fu god. I don't think people will ever forget how he died but, like Elvis on the crapper, it will eventually become a footnote in his legacy as opposed to the title. Michael Hutchence went the same way back in the 90s. He was the lead singer of INXS and huge in the UK, but now years later he is remembered more for his music than his jerking off choices. A few weeks ago the TV show 'Ashes to Ashes'(sequel to Life on Mars which I think they have in the states)had a policeman die this way. We also had a high profile politician die of this a few years ago, so maybe we're just a little blase about these things over here. I'll never forget on the news when all they would say was he had died under mysterious consequences though no foul play was involved. You saw footage of the forensics people wheeling a huge kitchen table into a van. Everyone was like WTF? What was he up to?
Truth be told, as tragic as it is, Carradine was 72 so good on him for still having such a lust for life, just a shame that's exactly what it cost him.

Bjornabo said...

To bad, and a real shame. Atleast it was not a "intended suicide".

But as you say, the reason he will be remember is now becasuse of this, and not for his great roles in Kun-Fu, Death Race 2000 and Kill Bill to mention a few. Sad, sad, sad.

Anonymous said...

A fine man and a fine actor who created a number of characters over the years that we will never forget. My deepest sympathies to the family.

I find it highly distressing that the Bangkok authorities have decided to treat this as a suicide and publicly ignore the possibility of “misadventure”. But then the Bangkok authorities go to an extreme to deny the existence of the prolific sex trade in their city and would especially do so in a high profile case. It's also a great shame that the days of discretely handling the details of such a case are long gone and the public most likely read them long before the family was notified.

Tonight we will raise our glasses and drink to the long and entertaining career of a man who gave us some of our favorite characters, such as Cain and Bill, and mourn the loss of both the actor and the performances that were yet to come, as well as the man himself.

EyeloveMetal said...

I don't know how one successfully spanks it and chokes himself in the process and doesn't end up at least getting close to death... I mean, isn't that the thrill?? He was thrill seeking in a way, and he ate it.. Bummer, but yes, good actor, though I only really know him from Kill Bill I think..

Brad said...

I saw the crime scene photo and it certainly didn't look like a self-inflicted death. Which means a murder or thai-cover up, both of which are a possibility. Eager to see how this one plays out.

Johnny said...

So i'm not the only one with a morbid curiosity? I wonder if that picture was even real though. Didn't quite look like Carradine to me but it's pretty hard to tell. Either way a few of his ex wives have come forward and said that he was into the exact type of shit that its been reported that he died from soooooo i'm gonna have to go with those reports.

grasshopper said...

i was surprised to find out how many more movies Carradine was in besides Kill Bill