The family will also seek an independent autopsy by famed forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden to determine whether another person could have been involved, Geragos said. Results of an autopsy performed Friday in Bangkok were not expected for at least three weeks. Somprasong Yenthuam, who is heading the investigation. A grainy photo published on the Saturday cover of the tabloid Thai Rath shows a naked body suspended from a clothes bar in a hotel closet, hands apparently bound together above the head and feet on the floor. The face is blacked out and other areas are obscured. But his family, friends and representatives have said they doubt the year-old actor would have killed himself. Police later said the actor may have died from accidental suffocation or heart failure after revealing that he was found with a rope tied around his wrist, neck and genitals — leading to speculation that Carradine may have engaged in a dangerous form of sex play known as auto-erotic asphyxiation. But Geragos said he expects the examination by the New York-based Baden, a celebrity among forensic pathologists who frequently consults on high-profile cases, will clear up many unanswered questions. A martial arts practitioner himself, Carradine was best known for the U.
The photos of David Carradine 's body printed in a Thai tabloid show the actor wearing what appear to be fishnets and a wig, according to a report in ABCNews. The images — which apparently show the actor hanging from a bar in the closet of his Bangkok hotel room — also reveal what appears to be red women's lingerie on a nearby bed, ABC reports. Carradine's remains were due to arrive in Los Angeles this week and New York 's famed forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden was scheduled to conduct an investigation. If there's something suspicious, he'll find it," his friend Dr. Thai authorities have ruled Carradine's June 4 death a"sex accident" due to autoerotic asphyxiation gone wrong. The"Kung Fu" actor, 72, was found with his wrists, neck and genitals bound by a rope. Transvestite role-playing — as suggested by the presence of women's undergarments — is often part of autoerotic stimulation. Images from the actor's autopsy in Thailand have also circulated. A photograph from that autopsy viewed by the Daily News showed the actor's nude body laid out on a coroner's table with many visible tattoos.
The family of David Carradine are threatening legal action over the publication of photographs of the late actor's body in a Thai newspaper. The pictures, which were published in the Thai Rath tabloid, show the Kill Bill and Kung Fu star in the Bangkok hotel room where he died. Thai police said they were almost certainly leaked crime scene photographs. Carradine's body was discovered on Thursday morning hanging in a wardrobe in his luxury suite at Bangkok's Swissotel Nai Lert Park hotel. Police say he was naked and had a cord around his neck. In a statement, Carradine's half-brother, actor Keith Carradine, said the family was "profoundly disturbed" by the publication of the pictures. Carradine, 72, had arrived in Thailand two days before his body was found to start work on a new film, Stretch. Thai police have suggested his death may have been as a result of suicide, and say interviews with hotel staff and surveillance footage have led them to believe the actor was alone when he died. However, Carradine's family believe there may have been suspicious circumstances. Geragos said an independent pathologist would examine Carradine's body when it arrived back in the US.
The actor was found dead in a Bangkok hotel last week. The feeding frenzy is just beginning. The Associated Press reported :. Reportedly, there will be a second autopsy. Still, that does not make the death photos newsworthy. Freelance journalist John Le Fevre , who is based in Bangkok and who has worked for tabloids for years, pointed out in an e-mail to me that there is good reason to question the authenticity of the photo that Thai Rath ran.
A bed is less than one meter away from the closet and the room has a wooden floor — all hardly the stuff of a suite in a prestigious hotel such as the Swissotel Nai Lert Park. It is easy enough to find them online if you want to see them. Whether or not the photos are real is only part of the issue. Even if they are real, news organizations have to make decisions about when it is appropriate to include graphic content on their sites. I have had many conversations this year with Web editors who say they include much more graphic news on their sites these days to help drive Web traffic.
When some news organizations chose to use graphic photos of the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, my Poynter colleague Bob Steele explained how newsrooms should process a decision to show disturbing images. Steele said:. Journalists and their news organizations have a moral obligation and professional duty to show respect for human beings and compassion for those who are very vulnerable.
The primary principle for journalists is to seek the truth and report it as fully as possible. There are many times — in our obligation to be fair, accurate and authentic — when we must tell the painful truth with words and images. But we should strive in our reporting techniques and publishing decisions to avoid causing unnecessary harm. I wonder what you think of my decision not to add a link to the alleged death photos. So, I wonder if you would share your thoughts on this issue. Is it overly paternalistic for newsrooms to shield readers from such things?
How do you make decisions when it comes to linking to graphic content? You can post your thoughts in the comment section of this column. June 10, Al Tompkins. Category: Uncategorized. The face is blacked out and other areas are obscured. Featured Jobs.