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Photos: David Carradine: 1936-2009

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  1. Man in black

    Actor David Carradine poses for a portrait before the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 12, 2007 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Carradine, 72, was found dead in his Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room on Thursday, June 4. (Mark Mainz / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Star is reborn

    Carradine, left, and director Quentin Tarantino, work the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Carradine was nominated for best supporting actor for his work in "Kill Bill Vol. 2." He returned to the top of his acting game in recent years as the title character in Tarantino's two-part saga. (Mark J. Terrill / AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Still got it

    Carradine strikes a martial arts pose at his home in the Tarzana section of Los Angeles on March 10, 2004. (Ric Francis / AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Out for blood

    Carradine, left, and Uma Thurman star in a scene from "Kill Bill Vol. 2." Four years after surviving a bullet in the head at her wedding, Thurman's character -- the bride -- swears revenge on her former master, Bill, and his deadly squad of international assassins. (Miramax Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. His place in Hollywood

    Carradine gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 2, 1997. The actor appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows during his career. (Albert Ortega / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The prodigy

    Carradine, right, and Brandon Lee practice a fight sequence in Los Angeles for a sequel to the television series "Kung Fu" on Oct. 26, 1985. Lee, the son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, was accidentally shot and killed on the set of "The Crow" in 1993 at age 28. (AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Wedding day

    Carradine, center right, and his new bride Linda Gilbert leave the registration office after their wedding in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 5, 1977. The actor was married five times and had two daughters. (AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. 'Glory' days

    Carradine appeared in more than 100 feature films with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby. One of his prominent early film roles was as singer Woody Guthrie in Ashby’s 1976 biopic "Bound for Glory." (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. 'Life and Times'

    Carradine, left, and his brother, Keith, appear at the premiere of "Life and Times of Xaviera Hollander" in Hollywood, Calif., in Jan. 1975. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Caine was able

    Carradine made his mark on television as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin priest traveling the 1800s American frontier West in the TV series “Kung Fu,” which aired in 1972-75. (AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A way of life

    Carradine performs a jump kick for "Kung Fu" in 1973. One thing remained a constant after "Kung Fu": Carradine's interest in Oriental herbs, exercise and philosophy. He wrote a personal memoir called "Spirit of Shaolin" and continued to make instructional videos on tai chi and other martial arts. (Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Family affair

    Carradine, right, plays guitar alongside his father, John, between scenes during the filming of "Boxcar Bertha" in Camden, Ark. in Feb. 1972. (AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 6/11/2009 5:40:37 PM ET 2009-06-11T21:40:37

The forensics expert hired by David Carradine’s family has concluded that the “Kung Fu” actor did not commit suicide, but said that more information was needed from Thai investigators before the cause of death could be determined.

Carradine’s brothers, Keith and Robert Carradine, each read part of a prepared statement to reporters from The Associated Press at a Los Angeles hotel Thursday morning. In their first appearance since their older brother was found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room closet last week, they thanked supporters and asked for privacy.

“This is a devastating loss for our family and we greatly appreciate the compassion pouring in from all over the world,” Keith Carradine said.

They also released a statement by Dr. Michael Baden of New York that indicated a second autopsy determined Carradine didn’t kill himself.

“However, to reach a final determination as to the cause and the manner of death we must wait for further information from Thailand as to the scene findings and the completion of the crime laboratory and toxicology studies that are still being performed,” Baden’s statement said.

Reached by phone after the morning briefing, Baden said he expects to receive more information from Thai authorities in a week or two and stressed that the information at hand was incomplete. Baden didn’t elaborate on how suicide was ruled out

“The autopsy is only part of the analysis,” he said.

In the meantime, Robert Carradine asked the public and press for patience and time to allow the family to grieve.

“Until we have all of the pending results of the investigation we respectfully ask ... that we be allowed to lay our beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to rest in peace and with dignity,” Robert Carradine said.

Rampant speculation about the actor’s death has swirled since a chambermaid at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel in Bangkok discovered his body hanging in the closet of his room June 4. A Thai newspaper published a graphic photo of the death scene that police have said appears to be a leaked forensics image.

Thai police initially said they suspected Carradine’s death was a suicide, but later conceded it could have been accidental. Their description — that the actor’s body was found nude, with ropes around his neck, wrist and genitals — fueled speculation that he was killed while engaging in a dangerous sex practice called auto-erotic asphyxiation.

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Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Thai authorities said on June 5 that it would take about three weeks for the results of their autopsy to be released.

Medical examiners in the United States and Canada generally classify auto-erotic asphyxiation deaths as accidental.

Keith Carradine last week asked the FBI to take a role, and Thai authorities later said they would allow FBI agents to observe their investigation, but not take an active role. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said earlier this week that the agency would not make any more comments about its role in the Carradine investigation, but that agents stationed in Thailand have a good relationship with local authorities.

Agents typically only get involved in the deaths of U.S. citizens abroad when foul play is involved, she said.

Others who knew the 72-year-old actor have said they suspect foul play was involved. Keith and Robert Carradine on Thursday urged everyone to wait until the investigation has concluded.

“Once the investigation is fully completed and definitive conclusions have been reached, we will address the findings with the public,” Robert Carradine said.

Both Keith and Robert Carradine shared the screen with their brother, a prolific TV and film actor. David Carradine rose to prominence for his role on the “Kung Fu” series in the 1970s and experienced a resurgence in popularity after his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” movies earlier this decade.

The family’s statement did not indicate the location of his body, or offer any information about funeral arrangements. They did not take questions Thursday after reading the statements.

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