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?
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?
... ... ...
May peace be with you, Grasshopper.
If you want to read more:
- David Carradine Bangkok death mystery: manager claims 'foul play' - Telegraph UK
- David Carradine wikipedia page
- Barefoot Legend (TM) - the official David Carradine website
- 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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