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04 June 2009 @ 11:01 am

David Carradine, star of 'Kung Fu,' dies at 72.

I know, I rarely post about the passing of famous people. But I met him once. Oh, I didn't know it until afterwards when my friends told me "You know that was David Carradine, right??" He had a dog of his with him at a coffee shop I used to frequent. I went up to him and asked about his dog, talked to him about his dog, petted his dog. Totally oblivious to the fact he was famous. I can only assume he appreciated being treated like a normal person. I hope he did.

But because of that day, I paid more attention to his career and such, as an almost-acquaintance kind of thing. He was also a Sagittarian Angeleno who loved animals and going to coffee shops. And apparently, also like me, had problems with depression.

So this hits a bit closer than most of these sort of news items. Oh, I'm not sick with sobbing or anything, I didn't KNOW him, but this will probably put a patina on the next few days. I'll miss him.

Rest in peace, Mr. Carradine.

Current Mood: sadsad
Ed Greenedgreen86 on June 4th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Years ago, before I started being an 'actor', I helped a buddy out by playing a background character on a movie. It was a kung-fu quickie and Carradine was one of the stars.

I didn't interact much with him, but he was certainly nice to everyone. A bit private, but nothing that anyone thought was out of line or weird.

A shame that his depression got to him.
Frittersfritters on June 4th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he seemed very nice. Was it cool working with him?
Ed Greenedgreen86 on June 4th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
I was one of a couple of dozen of guys in a big fight scene at the end. I knew the stunt coordinator, so I got a featured bit or two, but none directly with Carradine.

Its always cool to work with someone you've seen over the years on the TV or in the movies. At least at first.

Cliff: Mordred armorobadiah on June 4th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
So ... what kind of dog did he have?

I never met the guy, but I liked Kung Fu. I wonder how much early exposure to the show led me to study martial arts as a teen and adult.
Fritters: Gir I Dunno by zianetefritters on June 4th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Something big and foofy!!

Honestly, I can't remember the breed exactly, but it was something like a husky or a keeshond, grey and mid to large and fluffy.
Cliff: Mordred armorobadiah on June 4th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, reminds me of my late Summer, though she was only around 35 lbs.
Frittersfritters on June 4th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Very similar, yes.

Beautiful dog. Sorry you can't enjoy her company anymore.
Robyn Goodfellow: sadrobyngoodfellow on June 4th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
I actually thought about you when I heard the story on the radio this morning. Has the cause of death been confirmed, because the news-girl said that he had either died of natural causes, OR was found hanged... but that there was no confirmation yet.

He was a good actor. I liked him equally well as a good guy, or a bad guy. I mean, as a bad guy, he almost kicked Chuck Norris' butt!
Frittersfritters on June 4th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
According to this he was found hanging in his closet by the curtain cords from the room. That seems pretty unnatural to me.
Robyn Goodfellow: no wordsrobyngoodfellow on June 4th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
That does seem pretty definate... maybe they just hadn't released the official statement yet when the radio station got their info.

Kinda sad to hear that.

The actors that I grew up watching are all disappearing, I guess because we're just that age. It's really sad to realize that all of your heroes are going to die soon.
Fritters: *crickets* by pixelbypixelfritters on June 4th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the U.S. press isn't mentioning it because the idea of Caine offing himself is just too wrong to publicize.
Robyn Goodfellow: catseyerobyngoodfellow on June 5th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
They said on the radio today that it might've been a failed attempt at auto-erotic asphixiation. Not, I think, that that's any better.
Fritters: A-TLA - Aang 0_o by sharp_pastelsfritters on June 6th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's like rolling an intelligence fail...
Robyn Goodfellow: solituderobyngoodfellow on June 8th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
"He is in a seated position, yet there is no stool or chair nearby, and his hands are bound in a way that would appear to be impossible to effect on one's own, even with all of the Shaolin arts at his disposal."

Fritters: Ed Nodding by Frittersfritters on June 9th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
That's a really good article, thanks for showing me that. I have been trying to follow that.
Robyn Goodfellow: cheese errorrobyngoodfellow on June 11th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
While I might not've been surprised had he committed suicide during the slump in his career... I seriously doubt he would do it now.
Fritters: TT Raven Blink by ellonwyefritters on June 11th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
At this point I'm wondering where the scared little prostitute is hiding out...
lironesslironess on June 5th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
I loved "Kung Fu". It is really really sad to see his life end this way.
Frittersfritters on June 5th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, I never saw anything about depression problems before today, but I'm assuming it as people who don't battle depression tend not to end things this way...
lironesslironess on June 5th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
I am hearing circumstances that I will not go into that say this may have not been depression..... :(

But in a way that is a good thing.
postrophe on June 5th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
Yes. There was a discussion on this tonight at the club, and everybody started going "...ooOOHHhhhh" with raised eyebrows... We decided the best decription was probably "Accidental suicide..."
lironesslironess on June 5th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
His hands may or may not have been tied as well. If they were it had to be an accident.
Fritters: TT BB ergh? by ellonwyefritters on June 6th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's sounding like another Michael Hutchence. Ergh.