The reports that David Carradine committed suicide may have been premature. The actor’s manager and wife both say that Carradine was too full of life to take his own.
The death of Carradine is under a police investigation. There is speculation that his death could have been the result of a sex game gone wrong.
Hotel manager said that on Carradine entertained fellow guests of Bangkok’s Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel with piano and flute performances in the lobby.
There have been unconfirmed reports that at least one police officer saying that when found the rope that strangled Carradine was attached to his neck and his genitals.
CBC News reports:
Police Lt. Gen. Worapong Chewprecha told reporters that Carradine was found with a rope “tied around his penis and another rope around his neck,” and that the two ropes were tied together.
“It is unclear whether he committed suicide or not or he died of suffocation or heart failure due to an orgasm,” he said.
While officials are not talking about the allegation either way they have said that there is no evidence that foul play was involved in the actor’s death.
According to friends Carradine was not depressed when he left the United States last week for Thailand to begin filming Stretch.
While many say that Carradine would not kill himself the actor himself admitted to suicidal thoughts in a 2004 interview.
He said: “Look, there was a period in my life when I had a single action Colt 45, loaded, in my desk drawer. And every night I’d take it out and think about blowing my head off, and then decide not to and go on with my life.”
That interview though goes against what friends and family members are saying. The general sentiment is that the actor was in a great period of his life and enjoying his time.
Actor Michael Madsen is quoted by CBS News:
“I spoke to his wife this morning,” Madsen said, “and she really wants everybody to know that David was not suicidal. Certainly, I would have known about something like that. Depression wasn’t really a part of his personality. Whatever causes people to have that emotion, he seems to have — seemed to have gotten over it.
If the speculations are correct than Carradine died while engaging in autoerotic asphyxiation. The sex act involves cutting the oxygen supply for sexual arousal. It has been written about when young men have died performing the sex act.
Autopsy reports will take at least three weeks pending toxicology results.