Friday, June 05, 2009

Beyond the Rim: David Carradine

The Young Grasshopper, no longer that young at age 72, is now Beyond the Rim.

Not that I watched the show religiously, but I really enjoyed Kung Fu back when I was a grasshopper myself: there was something about the character of Kwai Chang Caine - a Shaolin monk half-breed Chinese making his way across the wild wild west of America, ever the fish out of water, ever the quietly honorable in the face of the baser aspects of human nature, ever reluctant to unleash the deadliness he is more than capable of while facing such baser aspects. The Young Grasshopper was all growed up and truly living the life lessons he might have previously learned, but perhaps might not have truly understood, until his experiences in America.

Yesterday when I saw the headline about his death, I felt... weird. Even now, I'm... disconcerted.

Caine is dead.

Heck, Bill is dead -- deader than when he got hit with the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.

At age 72, found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room.

Other details are emerging:
- Found naked.
- Rope around his penis.

Whoa... a 72 year old, practicing auto-erotic asphyxiation?

ummm... tmi?!

But what if it's actually foul play, made to look like a sex act gone wrong?

.. because, come on!! At 72?! Doing that kind of stuff?

Is this just the prude in me talking, or do y'all find that a bit hard to swallow too?

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May peace be with you, Grasshopper.

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Image credit:
  • Kung Fu: ripped from imdb (I think) a long time ago, previously used here (see #25).
  • David Carradine: by Jano Rohleder via wikipedia

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  1. I hadn't heard about the rope around his naughty bits. I heard on EXtra or some news show that his hands were tied behind his back. If they are calling that suicide, that's some trick. I think that there may be some misinformation out there. I guess we'll know more after the 'supposed' investigation.

  2. Hi Lynn,

    Yeah, I first read about it at "Thailand Land of Smiles" Blog.

    Gosh! what a way to make his exit from this World for an Actor of his caliber.

    David always acted in cool roles. I have my doubts about the way it was made to look as his cause of death.

    But hell! will we ever know?

  3. Kung Fu was the best show ever. I loved Carradines work especially the Long Riders movie he did with his brother. But Carradine was also a very big eccentric.

    I have to agree that the auto erotic bit was a bit much for a 72 year old but there are rumours abound that his hands might have been tied too so he might have had help.

    A sad way to go for sure.

  4. I, too, am very disconcerted. This is not the final image I wanted to remember him by, and now I just don't know what to think. I hate to say this, but I really hope it was foul play, and not the kind in which he was ever a willing participant (like not a weird elicit sexual encounter gone wrong). Because if it was auto-erotic asphyxiation, I will have lost respect for him altogether. So sad, either way. I feel for his family.


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