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David Carradine found hanged in Thai hotel: Police

 Actor David Carradine at the 60th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in California, January 26, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - Reuters
Actor David Carradine at the 60th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in California, January 26, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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By Darren Schuettler

BANGKOK (Reuters) - U.S. actor David Carradine was found dead, naked and hanging from a rope in the closet of his luxury Bangkok hotel room on Thursday, Thai police said.

Police said they were alerted to the death of the actor -- who starred as the wandering monk in the long-running Kung Fu U.S. television series -- on Thursday morning.

"He was found hanging by a rope in the room's closet," Lieutenant Colonel Pirom Jantrapirom of the Lumpini police station in Bangkok told Reuters.

He said Carradine's body was naked when it was found and there were no signs of any other people in the room. The body has been transferred to a hospital for an autopsy.

U.S. embassy official Michael Turner earlier confirmed Carradine's death and told Reuters that the body had been found at Bangkok's Nailert Hotel.

"I can confirm that David Carradine passed away in Bangkok. We extend our condolences to his family," Turner said.

Carradine had more recently starred in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films as Bill.

(Reporting by Darren Schuettler, editing by Paul Casciato)

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