Morpheus on… David Carradine And Auto- Erotic Asphyxiation

This reporter once STAYED at the hotel where David breathed his last, two days ago.

The practise of Auto-Erotic Asphyxiation is not new. It began four hundred years ago, when people at public hangings noticed that some of the male victims demonstrated sexual arousal – in the obvious way.

This led to many experimenting with partial asphyxiation during sex rituals.

Of course, the technique is not without its dangers. Around 500 exponents DIE every year, in America alone. The most famous recent casualty is believed to have been rock star Michael Hutchence, of INXS.

And David was nothing if not an experimenter. The son of John Carradine, he changed his name from John Jnr to David to avoid confusion with his father who, when David began his career in the early Sixties, was still working.

His career really took off in the early Seventies as the hero of the successful TV series, “Kung Fu”. And while it seemed to many he would never shake off the inevitable identification with the role of “Glasshopper”, he nevertheless continued to work tirelessly in supporting roles, recently re-asserting himself in the “Kill Bill” movies and “Crank (2)”.

In fact there are currently half-a-dozen projects in post-, involving the actor.

But while filming “Kung Fu” his interest in Oriental Studies was stimulated, leading him to study all kinds of mind-techniques – one of which was AEA. And sadly, in a town where ANYTHING can be had for a price, his exploration of the possibilities of the human experience came to an unfortunate end.

Knowing the hotel concerned, this reporter has no doubt that others were involved with his misadventure – but they won’t be giving interviews…

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