American actor David Carradine has been found dead, hanging by a nylon rope in a hotel room closet in Bangkok, Thailand, according a Thai police official and picked up by every US news site.
David Carradine became famous in the 1970s after starring in the television series "Kung Fu" as his instructor called him, "Grasshopper" in flashbacks of his childhood.
Carradine, who became famous in the 1970s when he starred as traveling Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the television series "Kung Fu,", was 72.
The rope was believed to be from the hotel room curtains, Bangkok Police Lt. Col. Pirom Chanpirom said Thursday.
He said investigators found no sign of forced entry into Carradine's room.
An autopsy was being conducted at a Bangkok hospital, but no results will be available for another day, he said.
A Carradine family spokeswoman issued a short statement saying the family "is devastated by the news of David's passing."
"Circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown, and there will be no further comment until more information can be confirmed," the statement said.
Police provided Carradine's family with information about their investigation, said Tiffany Smith, Carradine's personal co-manager.
Smith said that she was "in complete shock" and that suggestions that Carradine took his own life are unbelievable.
"Knowing David, he would never commit suicide."
Still some are asking if this was another Bruce Lee-type unexplained "death by misadventure"?