American actor David Carradine has been found dead in a closet in a hotel room in Bangkok.
Police have not confirmed whether he took his own life or was murdered.
The naked body of the 72-year-old actor was found by a housekeeper in a closet in room number 352 of Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel in the Lumpini area at 11am yesterday.
Lumpini police said the body of Carradine was found curled up inside the wardrobe with one end of a shoelace tied around his penis and the other end fastened around his neck.
Both of his hands were bound with a cord which was also tied around his neck, said an officer at the station who requested anonymity.
Forensic experts said Carradine had probably died between 12 and 24 hours before his body was found.
They said there were no injury marks on his body and no evidence of a struggle having taken place in the room. Mysteriously, a footprint found on the bed did not match the shoes worn by Carradine.
There was a glass of water in the room. Experts were checking to see if the drink had been tampered with.
He killed himself with a shoestring around his neck and penis. Case closed.
This probably will be just one of many mysterious deaths/murders that the police, Thai media and foreign embassies cover up every year--unless that pesky foreign media gets involved. And you know how much the powers at be in Thailand hate that foreign media that dares to ask the questions the Thai media refuses to ask and answer. The Nation has already declared no foul play. How convenient for them. Because, you see, The Nation would never actually investigate what happened for themselves. Whatever the police tell them to think is good enough. Who needs to investigate anything when you got a police colonel's quote?
If there are any friends or family of David Carradine who somehow make it to this blog, whatever you do, don't ever trust the Thai police or the Thai media to get to the bottom of the truth. I wouldn't trust the US embassy staff either. Ask them how many foreigners mysteriously die every year that the Thai media covers up and the Thai police call suicide-- even though people have died under circumstances that would contradict the evidence of suicide. Get your own forensic expert to Bangkok as soon as possible to examine the body. And, whatever you do, don't trust what you read in the Bangkok Post or The Nation as the truth.
The Nation has gotten the scoop on David Carradine:
The media reported that Carradine may have died attempting auto-erotic asphyxiation - where victims achieve heightened sexual pleasure by restricting their air supply.
The speculation is based on a Thai police report saying, "A rope was attached to his neck and also to his penis".
There was no suicide note and an unnamed officer claimed the death may have been an attempt at auto-eroticism
Death by masturbation.