David Carradine, best known for his leading role of Kwai Chang Caine on TV's "Kung Fu" in the 1970s, died Wednesday in Bangkok, where he was shooting a film, his manager confirmed Thursday. He was 72.
According to manager Chuck Binder, the movie's producer went to Carradine's hotel room and found that he had passed away. Binder told Fox News the death is "shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work ... a great person."
Other reports offer more details and more lacivious accounts that indicate that Carradine died from aphyxiation during a sex game gone wrong. Some truly insane reports make the claim that he was murdered by Ninjas trying to protect their martial arts secrets. (No, I'm not making that up.)
Married five times and divorced four, he is survived by his widow, Annie Bierman, whom he married in 2004.
(On a personal note... while Carradine was passing away, I was probably writing the entry for the Carradine-starring turkey "Future Force" for 150 Movies You Should Die Before You See, my forthcoming book. Coincidences are funny things.)
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