Medical examiner Dr Michael Baden has concluded that the way in which Carradine’s body was bound allowed him to rule out suicide. Carradine was found hanging in the closet of his Bangkok hotel suite on June 4 and his family hired New York-based forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden to conduct a follow-up death investigation to the one handled by Thai authorities. “The cause of death was asphyxiation, an inability to breathe. Now why that happened is still what we’re working on.” Baden told Reuters. “He didn’t die of natural causes, and he didn’t die of suicidal causes from the nature of the ligatures around the body, so that leaves some kind of accidental death.” Contradicting media reports saying Carradine’s hands were tied behind his back, Baden told Reuters the actor’s hands were above his head.
He added that the full determination of the cause of the actor’s death would not be known for at least another week. The media has suggested Carradine could have died from accidental autoerotic asphyxiation. In response to a question on that topic, Baden did not rule out that possibility, but he also did not say autoerotic asphyxiation was the cause.
Baden, the host of cable channel HBO’s “Autopsy” series, also said the ligatures, or ties that bind, which were on Carradine’s body at the time of his death helped him rule out suicide. “He didn’t die of natural causes, and he didn’t die of suicidal causes from the nature of the ligatures around the body, so that leaves some kind of accidental death,” he said.
Baden oversaw a second autopsy in the United States after Carradine’s body was flown to Los Angeles from Bangkok. He is awaiting more information from Thai police to rule out the possibility that Carradine was killed by someone. Baden said he wants to see data from the pass keys for the hotel where Carradine died, and security video to ensure no one was in the room with him at the time.