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No RIP for Carradine

So the actor who, in his most famous role, conveyed the inscrutable innner calm of a Chinese mystic is finding anything but now that he's gone. David Carradine, the old "Kung Fu" hero, is most assuredly not resting in peace since his body was found in a Bangkok hotel room June 4.

Here's the latest: Keith Carradine, the actor's brother, is seeking help from the FBI and a famous forensic patholgist, Dr. Michael Baden, to determine whether another person could have been involved in the mysterious death. The family also is threatening legal action against any media outlet that reprints images of the actor in death. A grainy photo published on the Saturday cover of a Thai tabloid shows a naked body suspended from a clothes bar in a hotel closet, hands apparently bound together above the head, feet on the floor. The face is blacked out and other areas are obscured.

Carradine, of course, merely played a calm kung fu mystic on TV. His real life, for decades, was Hollywood raucous. His real death too.

By Joe Holley |  June 7, 2009; 3:38 PM ET
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Last week the Smoking Gun published some very on-topic parts of a declaration filed in 2003 in divorce papers filed against Carradine in which his then-wife Marina cites his "deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly."

Note also that in the grainy Thai tabloid photo, alleged Carradine is apparently wearing fishnets.

Posted by: smiller6 | June 10, 2009 9:52 AM

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