07/02/2009 at 03:00 PM EDT
More details about David Carradine's death are coming to light.
The actor died from accidental asphyxiation, a medical examiner who
performed a private autopsy on the actor has concluded. "The cause of death
was asphyxiation, an inability to breathe, now why that happened is still
what we're working on," Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by the late actor's
family, told Reuters.
The ties that bound Carradine, who was found hanging
in the closet of his
Bangkok hotel on June 4, helped Baden rule out suicide as well. "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 also clarified that Carradine's hands were tied above his head and not
behind his back, as some had previously reported. His report also did not
rule out the possibility that the former Kung Fu
star died of
auto erotic asphyxiation, though he did not say that was the cause of death,
Results from an earlier autopsy performed on Carradine after his death at
age 72 were unclear, though on June 11, Baden did publicly state
the actor's death
was not suicide.