Actor David Carradine has been found dead, hanging by a nylon rope in a hotel room in Bangkok. He was 72-years-old.
There's one that I clearly was not expecting to see today. I knew he was getting up there in years, but he seemed so fit for his age. So when the news first broke that he had passed away, it struck me as odd. Then the update came of how he died. That's the part that was a little surprising.
I will never understand what can drive someone to commit suicide. Never. It
seems like is such a permanent solution to a temporary problem that you would think one with any common sense would never think of doing it. Then again, we don't always know the types of demons some people may be dealing with.
I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of Dave's early work with the role that made him famous. I still remember when I first heard there was a show called "Kung Fu" and I couldn't wait to tune in. Bruce Lee was at the height of his popularity and had made karate the latest craze. But then I found out that wasn't Bruce Lee in that role. That dude wasn't even Asian! As a matter of fact...he wasn't even that good at karate! I was done.
Where I did catch on to Carradine was many years later when he emerged to a new generation thanks to Quentin Tarantino. Carradine would be re-introduced as Bill in the two spectacular "Kill Bill" films. He created a new iconic figure that was much more impressive than his Kwai Chang Caine character in "Kung Fu" could have ever hoped to be.
It is rather ironic that Carradine met his end in a place like Bangkok. His fame came from portraying characters with heavy Asian-influence. Maybe he planned it that way to help add to his legend? I know that is reaching a bit. It could have just been coincidence since he was there filming the movie "Stretch".
At any rate, he certainly made his mark with me with the "Bill" films and that's how I will always remember him. Rest in peace, Dave.