A second autopsy was performed on David Carradine by famed pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden. Dr. Baden announced today, July 3, 2009, that David Carradine died of asphyxia and, in his opinion, was not related to suicide. He was unable to say with certainty whether the actor’s death was accidental or if homicide played a part.
Dr. Baden made the following statement regarding his findings on the death of David Carradine:
“The cause of death was asphyxiation, an inability to breath. Now why that happened is still what we’re working on. He didn’t die of natural causes, and he didn’t die of suicidal causes from the nature of the ligatures around the body, so that leaves some kind of accidental death,” said Dr. Baden.
Although the autopsy is complete, the private investigation into the cause of Carradine’s death is not. The Associated Press reports that Dr. Baden’s has not yet seen results from toxicology tests, or watched security surveillance footage from the hotel, although he has requested to see this information. In addition, Dr. Baden will examine items found in Carradine’s hotel room, and a log of room entries from the hotel’s key card system.
David Carradine was found dead in June 4 2009, hanging from a rope inside a closet of Bangkok’s Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel. Thai authorities reported that the actor was bound with ropes around his neck, wrists, and genitals. Many have speculated that he was accidentally killed while engaging in auto-erotic asphyxiation. While initial reports indicated he was found nude, TMZ.com published a grainy photo published by a Thai tabloid. In the photo, it appears that Carradine was wearing a fishnet stocking that covered his entire body at the time of his death. Also shown in the photo, was red women’s lingerie on the bed near the closet. Some speculate that he was wearing a long black wig as well, although the photo is too unclear to say for certain.
Dr. Baden is highly qualified to contribute to the mystery surrounding the death of David Carradine. He is a board-certified forensic pathologist who has investigated, and testified, in many high profile cases, including the John F. Kennedy assassination, the OJ Simpson trial, the death of Richard Kuklinski (a.k.a The Iceman), and many others. Dr. Baden also worked as the host of HBO’s show “Autopsy”, and is a contributor for Fox News Channel. He is also a well published author of several articles and books on the subject of forensic science.
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