Held in a chapel on the grounds of Forest Lawn Cemetery, the star's funeral drew mourners in all manner of dress, including kilts, Native American headdresses, leather fringe jackets, sandals and multi-colored cowboy boots. Even a group of Hell's Angels was there to bid farewell to Carradine, who was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok on June 4.
"It was touching, but light-hearted," Carradine's older brother Bruce tells PEOPLE. "There weren't a lot of tears, but there was a lot of laughter."
A white hearse containing Carradine's casket arrived at the cemetery around 3 p.m., accompanied by an escort of Hell's Angels on motorcycles. The service started about two hours later after an estimated 400 people filed into a chapel on the grounds of the 400-acre cemetery to mourn the star, who was best known for his leading role of Kwai Chang Caine on TV's Kung Fu.
Sharing MemoriesOver the next two hours, Carradine's brothers, children and friends – including his Kill Bill costar Michael Madsen and pal Stacy Keach, who starred in The Long Riders with Carradine – stood and shared memories of the actor with the crowd. A photo montage of the 72-year-old star's life was projected on a big screen and two of his children performed on the piano and harp.
"Michael shared a list of rules to live by that David had given him years ago," says Bruce. "These included advice like, 'Never marry a woman named Candy,' and 'Never buy anything from a man who is out of breath.' "
Following the service, a group of Lakota tribal members burned incense outside the chapel and gave blessings to a number of funeral-goers, including actress Daryl Hannah, who also starred with Carradine in Kill Bill. Carradine's casket was then taken to his grave site.
The investigation into the cause of Carradine's death is ongoing. He was found hanging and partially bound in his hotel room. Citing conflicting reports about the circumstances of the death, the actor's brother, Keith Carradine, asked the FBI to help with the investigation, and also hired an independent pathologist.