Members of David Carradine‘s family have threatened legal action after a Thai newspaper allegedly published crime-scene photographs of the room where the actor died.
The Kill Bill star’s naked body was discovered hanging in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel suite on Thursday. Local reports suggested he committed suicide, but a statement from Carradine’s representative indicates the actor may have died when a solo sex act went wrong.
But Carradine’s relatives are outraged after local tabloid Thai Rath published a grainy picture, purporting to show the actor’s dead body in the hotel where he passed away. Officials at the paper did not indicate the source of the image, but Thai police claim it is a picture of Carradine’s body taken by a forensic team.
Carradine’s brother Keith has issued a statement condemning the paper’s actions, calling the publication of the picture “profoundly disturbing.”
The statement reads, “The family wants it understood that, per attorney Mark Geragos, any persons, publications or media outlets will be fully prosecuted for invasion of privacy and causing severe emotional distress if the photos are published.”
The news comes after the family contacted the FBI, urging officials to help Thai police investigate the star’s tragic death, insisting that they do not believe Carradine committed suicide.
Geragos told talk-show host Larry King, “Because the death took place on a foreign soil, FBI traditionally cannot just jump right in. So the family met with the FBI, with the idea of (getting) them to initiate some kind of an investigation there. The family and Keith specifically doesn’t for a minute think that he was suicidal.”
Carradine’s body has been flown back to the United States and is expected to undergo a second autopsy in an attempt to confirm the cause of death.
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