David Carradine was an American actor who became famous for his role in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. He went on to star in over 100 feature films including the 2003 Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill, in which he played the titular character. In 2009, Carradine was found dead in his hotel room while filming a movie in Bangkok, Thailand. The actor was nude with a rope around his neck. Doctors ruled his death an "accidental asphyxiation."
Albert Dekker was a famous actor and politician who was known for the films, The Wild Bunch, Dr. Cyclops and The Killers. During the McCarthy era, he spoke out against Joseph McCarthy's tactics and was blacklisted from Hollywood for years. In 1968 he was found dead in his Hollywood home, naked, kneeling in the bathtub, with a noose tightly wrapped around his neck. He was blindfolded, his wrists were handcuffed, there was a ball gag in his mouth, and two hypodermic needles were inserted in one arm. His body was covered in explicit words and drawings in red lipstick.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the death of Australian musician Michael Hutchence. The lead singer of INXS had a history of depression and substance abuse, and was going through a difficult time with his daughter. He was found on November 22, 1997 with a belt around his neck, kneeling on the ground. Coroners declared it a suicide, but many fans and people close to the musician think it may have been an accidental death.
Hide was a well known Japanese singer and songwriter who was famous for being in the bands X Japan an Zilch. On May 2, 1998 after a night of drinking, he was found hanged in his hotel bathroom with a towel around his neck. His death was so widely publicized, teenage fans began to kill themselves in similar copycat suicides. There is speculation about the singer's death due to the fact that there was no suicide note. Many people believe his death may have been the result of autoerotic asphyxiation.
Stephen Milligan was a Conservative British politician and journalist. He was found dead on February 7, 1994 by his secretrary. According to reports, Milligan was naked except for women's stockings, had an extension cord around his neck, a plastic bag over his head, and an orange slice in his mouth. His death was ruled as an accidental death.
Vaughn Bodé was a cartoonist and illustrator who created the character Cheech Wizard. Bodé enjoyed sexual experimentation and considered himself to be auto-sexual, heterosexual, homosexual, mano-sexual, sado-sexual, trans-sexual, uni-sexual and omni-sexual. He died due to autoerotic asphyxiation on July 18, 1975.
Frantisek Kotzwara was a composer in the 1700s, most famous for his song "The Battle of Prague," which was a favorite of Mark Twain. On September 2, 1971, he visited a prostitute and paid her 2 schillings to cut off his testicles, which she declined to do. He then tied a noose around his neck and proceeded to have sex with her until he was dead. This is one of the first known instances of Autoerotic Asphyxiation.
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