Carradine 'Joyous' During Final Days

Divorce filing accused actor of deviant sexual behavior, incest
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2009 2:48 AM CDT
A copy of Thailand's Daily Xpress newspaper reporting the obituary of actor David Carradine is seen at a newsstand in Bangkok yesterday.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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(Newser) – David Carradine seemed anything but suicidal in the days before his death, colleagues and staff in the Bangkok hotel where he died tell People. The actor—found dead Thursday with ropes tied around his neck and genitals—was "joyous and productive," associates say. He played piano and serenaded guests in the hotel lobby several nights last week and had booked a dinner for himself and friends Thursday evening.

Bangkok police are awaiting autopsy results and are investigating whether the Kung Fu star accidentally suffocated himself during an autoerotic sex act. Carradine's fourth wife accused him of engaging in "deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly" according to a 2003 divorce filing uncovered by The Smoking Gun, and alleged he was engaged in an "incestuous relationship with a very close family member." (Read more David Carradine stories.)