Michaels Jackson’s Pictures Before His Death.

Michael Jackson died without his nose on! These are the last ever photos of the late Michael Jackson before he was declare dead as he was brought to the hospital. Jackson was officially pronounced dead at the emergency room at the UCLA Medical Center, and there were no signs of foul play or external trauma to his body. Jackson’s body was then flown in a Sheriff’s Department helicopter from UCLA Medical Center to downtown Los Angeles for examination by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Michael Jackson was rushed to the hospital on Thursday, June 25, implying the pop star was perhaps still alive at that point, EMT workers are claiming he was not. The medics wanted to pronounce him dead on the scene but Michael’s personal doctor refused to let them.

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. Referred to as the “King of Pop” in subsequent years, five of his solo studio albums are among the world’s best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995).

In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and Thriller—credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced many hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.

One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sales of over 750 million albums worldwide. Cited as one of the world’s most famous men, Jackson’s highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades.

Carradine’s Death Maybe Accidental

David Carradine

David Carradine

By Tim Johnston

Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, June 5, 2009

BANGKOK, June 5 — Thai police officers investigating the death of David Carradine, the American actor who made his name in the “Kung Fu” television series in the 1970s, say he most likely died of asphyxiation, possibly when an autoerotic sex game went wrong.

Carradine, 72, was found naked in a closet in an upscale Bangkok hotel on Thursday with cords around his neck and his genitals. The police are checking DNA found on the cords, but say they found no signs of a struggle, suggesting that Carradine might have either tied himself up or submitted voluntarily to his incapacitation.

“It is unclear whether he committed suicide or not or he died of suffocation or heart failure,” Lt. Gen. Worapong Chewprecha of the Royal Thai Police told reporters. The results of the autopsy are expected to be released on Saturday.

Tiffany Smith, a spokeswoman for Carradine’s agents Binder and Associates, said she did not believe that he would intentionally kill himself.

“All we can say is, we know David would never have committed suicide,” Smith told the Associated Press. “We’re just waiting for them to finish the investigation and find out what really happened. He really appreciated everything life has to give . . . and that’s not something David would ever do to himself.”

Worapong said that Carradine had been drinking on the day before he was found, but did not say whether he thought that might have been a factor in the death.

Fingerprint experts have examined the room in the Swissotel Nai Lert Park and, although they have not ruled out the possibility of murder, they say they have found no evidence that there was anyone else in the room between 9 p.m. Wednesday, when Carradine left the hotel bar, and 11 a.m. Thursday, when his body was found.

Carradine was in Bangkok for the shooting of the film “Stretch.”

Part of an acting dynasty that included his father John and brothers Keith and Robert, Carradine was best known for the “Kung Fu” series, but he recently returned to the red carpet playing the role of Bill, the arch villain in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films.

David Carradine’s manager suspects foul play in actor’s death

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — David Carradine’s wife and his manager disputed suggestions that the actor’s death was a suicide, while rescue workers and police in Bangkok, Thailand, said the actor’s neck and genitals were found bound with rope.

David Carradine

David Carradine

Carradine, 72, became famous in the 1970s, when he portrayed the traveling Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the television series “Kung Fu.”

Bangkok police said Carradine was found hanging by a nylon rope in a Bangkok hotel room closet Thursday morning.

A member of the emergency crew who was called to the hotel after a maid found Carradine told CNN that a yellow nylon rope was tied around the actor’s neck and a black rope was around his genitals. Police later confirmed that information.

“I do not know if you want to call it accidental,” Chuck Binder, Carradine’s manager, told CNN’s Larry King on Thursday. He said Carradine’s career was on a roll.

Binder said a producer of the movie, “Stretch,” which Carradine was to act in, called him from Thailand to tell him what was happening there.

“I do not want to get in the middle of this whole investigation, but this guy said to me for sure there was foul play,” Binder said. Video Watch Carradine’s friends discuss loss »

Actor Michael Madsen told King that the one thing Carradine’s wife, Annie Bierman, wanted everyone to know is, “David was not suicidal.”

Investigators found no sign of a forced entry into Carradine’s room, Bangkok Police Lt. Colonel Pirom Chanpirom said.

An autopsy was being conducted at a Bangkok hospital, but no results would be available for another day, Chanpirom said.

Modern audiences may best know Carradine as “Bill” in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films. He earned a 2005 Golden Globe nomination for his role in the second movie in the two-part saga.

Tarantino, also appearing on “Larry King Live,” called Carradine one of “Hollywood’s great mad geniuses.”

“He was a rock star at the time ‘Kung Fu’ came out,” Tarantino said, holding up a vintage metal lunch box with an image from the popular show. Video Watch Carradine discuss “Kung Fu” role »

“I’m in shock,” he said.

Carradine’s career included more than 100 feature films, two dozen television movies, and theater work, according to the Internet Movie Database.

“He was clearly an actor who followed his own path,” said Leah Rozen, movie critic for People magazine. Photo See photos of some of his notable roles »

“He was never a guy who talked a whole lot. You knew, as an actor, the characters he played, you knew they had a past, you knew there was probably some unhappiness there, but he wasn’t going to talk about it.”

Carradine was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as folk music legend Woody Guthrie in the 1976 movie “Bound for Glory,” according to a biography on his official Web site.

He also made appearances in television series such as “Gunsmoke” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” His first starring role in a series was as the title character in “Shane” in 1966. iReport: Share memories of David Carradine

Carradine was married five times and divorced four, according to People magazine.

He was the son of John Carradine, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of films, plays and television episodes.

“David’s career as an artist did not begin on the stage, though some of his early career was on and off Broadway. His earliest work was as a sculptor and painter,” Carradine’s official Web site says.

The site also includes an “Art Bio,” in which the actor opened up about his life.

“I’ve always had an especially hard time with everything I’ve tried to do,” Carradine wrote.

“I’ve made it pretty big as an actor in spite of being terminally shy. … Invariably, I had huge obstacles to overcome in anything I tried. Had to work against my genes to achieve my dreams.”