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Carradine's death 'not suicide'

David Carradine
The star was in Thailand working on his latest film at the time of his death

Kill Bill star David Carradine did not commit suicide, said the doctor who oversaw a private autopsy on the actor.

Carradine was found naked in a wardrobe with a cord around his neck and other parts of his body in Bangkok on 4 June.

Forensic pathologist Dr Michael Baden concluded that the Kung Fu star died from asphyxiation. The way the body was bound allowed him to rule out suicide.

"He didn't die of natural causes, and he didn't die of suicidal causes. That leaves some kind of accidental death."

Dr Baden, who fronts the US TV series Autopsy, was hired by Carradine's family to conduct a second autopsy, following the one handled by the Thai authorities.

Police in Thailand said on 8 June that the results of the first autopsy were likely to follow within a month.

"The cause of death was asphyxiation, an inability to breathe, now why that happened is still what we're working on," Baden told the news agency Reuters.

Kill Bill co-star Lucy Liu attended the actor's funeral in Los Angeles in June

Dr Baden did not rule out the possibility that the star died of accidental autoerotic asphyxiation.

Referring to the nature of the ligatures on Carradine's body, he said the actor's hands were above his head, and not behind his back as media reports had previously suggested.

The medical examiner said he was awaiting more information from Thai police to rule out the possibility that Carradine was killed by someone else.

He also wants to view security data from the Swissotel Nai Lert Park hotel where the actor died, to ensure no one was in the room with him at the time.

A representative for Carradine's brothers said the family had no comment on preliminary results of the second autopsy.

Carradine was part of an acting dynasty which included his father, John Carradine, and brothers Bruce, Keith and Robert.

The star was best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, which spawned sequels in the '80s and '90s.

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Yahoo! News CORRECTION: David Carradine died of asphyxiation: pathologist (Reuters) - 9 hrs ago
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