While the sequence of events leading up to his death is still a mystery, a private pathologist hired by David Carradine‘s family has ruled in a second autopsy that asphyxiation caused his death, reports E! News.


The actor, who was found hanging in the closet of his Bangkok hotel room June 4. Soon after, news reports detailing that a rope was found around his neck and genitals were confirmed, leading some to speculate he was involved in autoerotic asphyxiation before he passed.


Dr. Michael Baden concluded in his report that the actor, 72, had not taken his own life, based on the way his hands were bound above his head. He stressed that these findings are still preliminary and the full report won’t be ready for a week at the least.

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