LOS ANGELES -- David Carradine's family members are "outraged" after a forensic photo of the "Kung Fu" actor was published in a Bangkok tabloid and are threatening legal action against any media outlet that reprints images of the actor in death.
Famed L.A. celebrity attorney Mark Geragos who represents actor Keith Carradine, David Carradine's half brother, has stepped in to help protect the family. Family members released this statement:
"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 statement read.
Geragos says he has contacted the FBI on the family's behalf and is asking for an independent autopsy to be performed by forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden to determine whether another person could have been involved in the death. Results for an autopsy performed Friday in Bangkok are expected in about three weeks.
Carradine's body is expected to arrive in Los Angeles sometime Monday from Bangkok.
A maid discovered Carradine's naked body hanging in a closet in his hotel room Thursday at Bangkok's Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel. Thai authorities have all but ruled out foul play, based on surveillance footage and interviews with hotel staff.
A grainy photo published on the Saturday cover of the tabloid Thai Rath shows a naked body suspended from a clothes bar in a hotel closet, hands apparently bound together above the head and feet on the floor. The face is blacked out and other areas are obscured.
The paper did not indicate the source of the image, but Thai police said they believed it was a picture of Carradine's body taken by a forensics team.
Geragos said the family has decided to step in to the investigation because of conflicting information about Carradine's death and a lack of direct information from Thai authorities.
"All we really know is not much more than what the public knows, and that's disturbing," Geragos said.
Thai police have said the actor may have died from accidental suffocation or heart failure after revealing that he was found with a rope tied around his wrist, neck and genitals - leading to speculation that Carradine may have engaged in a dangerous form of sex play known as auto-erotic asphyxiation.
Los Angeles based FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency generally only gets involved in death investigations overseas if a crime is suspected.
Carradine's family and friends say they doubt the 72-year-old actor would have killed himself.
Carradine was in Thailand to begin work on a film titled "Stretch" two days before his death. His friends and friends say he had a happy marriage, recently bought a new car, and had several films lined up after his work in Bangkok.
Carradine was best known for the U.S. TV series "Kung Fu," which aired from 1972-75. He also appeared in more than 100 feature films with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby. He returned to the top in recent years as the title character in Quentin Tarantino's two-part saga " Kill Bill."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times