Sex Technique Linked to Carradine Hanging

Actor may have died accidentally during autoerotic asphyxiation
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2009 1:47 AM CDT
David Carradine is shown in a scene from, "Kung Fu Killer." The two-part miniseries, is set in China in the late 1920s.   (AP Photo/Spike)
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(Newser) – David Carradine's manager disputed reports that the actor committed suicide as information emerged that he may have died accidentally during autoerotic asphyxiation. Carradine was found hanging naked in his Bangkok hotel room with cords around his neck and genitals, reports the Telegraph. There was no evidence of assault or that anyone else had been in the room. Autoerotic asphyxiation is a technique that involves deliberately cutting oxygen to the brain temporarily to enhance sexual arousal.

"David never would have committed suicide," his manager told AP. "He was too full of life."  The Kill Bill actor, 72, was excited about work on his film in Thailand and other movie projects, she stressed. Despite the actor's frank discussions of past battles with drugs, alcohol, and suicidal thoughts, his manager insisted he was recently in good spirits. A Bangkok police chief said officials "believe that Mr. David committed suicide, but it is suspicious.”