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Published:Thursday | June 4, 2009 | 5:47 PM

Kill Bill and Kung Fu star David Carradine has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room on Thursday, based on reports from the BBC. Thai police told the BBC the 72 year-old was found naked by a hotel maid in a wardrobe with a cord around his neck.

The US star was in Thailand filming his latest film, Stretch, according to his personal manager Chuck Binder. Police said the actor\'s body was found in a suite at the five-star Swissotel Nai Lert Park hotel.

A US embassy official confirmed the actor\'s death, but added that the cause of death had not yet been established. However, Thai newspaper, The Nation reported that police believe the actor took his own life, and preliminary investigation found that he hanged himself.

Carradine was part of an acting dynasty, which included his father, John Carradine, and brothers Bruce, Keith and Robert. The star was best know for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, which spawned sequels in the 80\'s and 90\'s. The character became one of the most iconic roles in US TV and earned Carradine both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

He was most recently seen on the big screen as a Chinese mobster in Crank: High Voltage. Carradine was also an accomplished composer, musician, musical performer and songwriter. According to his official website, he was also a sculptor and a painter.

His wife, Annie Bierman, and three children including actresses Calista and Kansas survive him.