In the end, it wasn't the five point palm-exploding heart technique that killed Bill, but possibly his penchant for autoerotic asphyxiation and bondage.
72-year-old David Carradine, best known for his role in '70s TV series, Kung Fu and more recently in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films, was found dead in his luxury room in Bangkok's Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel last Thursday. He was discovered hanging naked in the closet with a rope around his neck, his hands tied, and rope around his genitals.
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First speculated as a suicide, Bangkok police are now trying to determine if Carradine may have accidentally suffocated from engaging in an autoerotic sex act—the cutting off of oxygen to the lungs to enhance sexual pleasure. As the investigation continues, a tale of a man with rather dangerous sexual fetishes emerges courtesy of two of his ex-wives. Read: Celebrity Fetishes You Wanna Know
"David was pretty strange," said actress Gail Jensen, who was married to Carradine from 1987 to 1997. "He would tie himself up, and I would walk in and see him and say, 'Oh, my God, David, you've got to be kidding me.' "
Jensen came forward a day after court documents from Carradine's divorce from his most recent ex-wife, actress Marina Anderson, surfaced. In papers unearthed by TheSmokingGun.com, Anderson alleged that Carradine participated in "deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly" and was involved in an incestuous relationship with a "very close family member." According to Anderson, both Carradine and the family member involved admitted to the relationship but Carradine declined counseling.
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"It was the continuation of abhorant [sic] and deviant sexual behavior ... [that] also added to the complications of the relationship," stated Anderson in the court files.
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