RIP David Carradine and Sek Kin

Sek Kin passed away at the age of 96 of renal failure. He had a long career and even longer life. Mostly known for playing villain roles, Sek Kin is recognizable to anyone who watches older Cantonese cinema, because he is in almost everything! He was featured here in Lady Black Cat and How the Ape Girl Stole the Lotus Lamp.

David Carradine has also passed on at age 72, of an alleged suicide by hanging in Thailand. I don’t think he has been in a film on TarsTarkas.NET yet, but with his volume of work he probably will be eventually. He was a great cult actor and had a resurgence recently after the popularity of Kill Bill. I especially enjoyed him in Death Race 2000.
EdmontonSun sez:

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, confirmed the death of the 72-year-old actor. He said the embassy was informed by Thai authorities that Carradine died either late Wednesday or early Thursday, but he could not provide further details out of consideration for his family.

The website of the Thai newspaper The Nation cited unidentified police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room.

It said Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and had been staying at the hotel since Tuesday.

The newspaper said Carradine could not be contacted after he failed to appear for a meal with the rest of the film crew on Wednesday, and that his body was found by a hotel maid at 10 a.m. Thursday morning. The name of the movie was not immediately available.

It said a preliminary police investigation found that he had hanged himself with a cord used with the room’s curtains. It cited police as saying he had been dead at least 12 hours and there was no sign that he had been assaulted.

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