Death of David Carradine and self-bondage safety

David_Carradine-01Made one wrong movement, too much aroused, a bit overwhelmed, not though out properly, overestimated own abilities, a rope around the neck… The result?

Autoerotic asphyxiation

Thai authorities have ruled Carradine’s June 4 death a”sex accident” due to autoerotic asphyxiation gone wrong. The”Kung Fu” actor, 72, was found with his wrists, neck and genitals bound by a rope.

Transvestite role-playing – as suggested by the presence of women’s undergarments – is often part of autoerotic stimulation.

Two of Carradine’s ex-wives have spoken publicly on his unusual sexual preferences.

“In some cases it can suggest murder, too. But sometimes when the victim is naked and in bondage, it can suggest that the victim is doing it to himself,” said Pornthip, who is considered the country’s top criminal forensics expert but who did not take part in the autopsy. “If you hang yourself by the neck, you don’t need so much pressure to kill yourself. Those who get highly sexually aroused tend to forget this fact.”

Police believe Carradine, 72, died of accidental suffocation after attempting auto erotic asphyxiation – a sex game where participants derive pleasure from being partially strangled.

Carradine – who was in Bangkok shooting his latest movie, Stretch – was discovered by a maid hanging in the wardrobe of his room in the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel on Thursday.

Some people do not get the “auto” and “self” part of it:

Filmmaker Robert Dunlap – who made a documentary about people who engage in deviant sex practices – echoed those doubts to “This doesn’t look like a solo act at all,” Dunlap told “In order to have an orgasm, his hands would have had to be free.”

Referencing the apparent presence of women’s lingerie, he added,”You don’t dress just for yourself … Usually there is some sort of show and someone else is involved. It probably went horribly bad and they left.”


RIP David

Do not let this happen to you. Play safe.

4 thoughts on “Death of David Carradine and self-bondage safety”

  1. A tragic loss – whatever the real story behind what actually happened.

    First point: Yes – self-bondage IS dangerous, no argument, simple fact. Tie yourself up and you’re at risk if anything goes wrong. Every element you add ups the risk factor (gags, hoods, etc).

    Second point: Life itself is a big risk, you can die at any time (cars, planes, drugs, drink, eating!) and you an never control everything.

    Third point: Just be sensible, don’t take risks you can’t justify, have a back-up, plan your escape. The best in any ‘extreme sport’ (back to SB as a sport again!) know their limits and how far to push (OK, the idiots push further – but not for long…)

    ’nuff said – enjoy life. Live it, don’t regret it.


  2. Can’t add anything.

    Probably, just one thing: we are not getting younger (see also this post. And the less younger we get, the less opportunities and possibilities are waiting for us.

    So, the bottom line is, indeed: Just do it, but be careful 😉

  3. Having worked in emergency medicine for a long time, I can say that autoerotic asphyxiation, while not common, is not rare. Autoerotic asphyxiation in SB and positional asphyxiation in bondage are both more common than you might think.

    In SB, if you have something arund your neck and something goes wrong and your trachea is shut off, you might have 20 seconds to fix it. If you occlude both carotid arteries, you don’t have any time. You just black out.

    Most of us are here because we like to push the edges.


    Think it through.

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