June 11, 2009
The Associated Press is reporting that an independent forensics expert who examined David Carradine’s body has concluded that the actor did not commit suicide. Carradine’s family “released a statement from Dr. Michael Baden, who said Carradine’s death wasn’t a suicide. He said further information from Thailand is needed for a final determination,” it is reported.
On June 4, a preliminary police investigation concluded that he had hanged himself with a cord used with the suite’s curtains. It cited police as saying there was no sign that he had been assaulted.
“More than anyone I have ever met, David Carradine was a generous man who loved life,” recalled “Look” writer director Adam Rifkin, who cast Carradine as his father in National Lampoon’s “Homoerectus.”
“I find it extremely hard to believe that David — who was such a hard-working, energetic and beloved Hollywood legend — was done in by his own hand.”
During a segment that aired on the Larry King Show, CNN correspondent Jerry Penacoli said the death of David Carradine “was abnormal, the death was not natural. And the evidence shows that there were ropes tied around David’s neck and around his genitalia and that they were tied together. And that there is a report — several reports that there were ropes tied around his wrists.”
Penacoli said a filmmaker and director named Damian Chapa, who worked with Carradine, said he “believes that there was foul play” in Carradine’s death. Penacoli also said the actor was very interested in investigating and disclosing secret societies.
Several authors have documented the connection between Carradine’s father, John, and Ordo Templi Orientis, the order of the Temple of the East, a neo-Masonic secret society. English occultist Aleister Crowley was appointed as the National Grand Master General of the Order in 1910.