Kung Fu and Kill Bill star David Carradine, member of a large acting family, was found dead on June 3, 2009. The 72-year-old actor's body was discovered hanging in a closet by a hotel maid in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was filming a movie. At this time, police believe the cause of death to be accidental suffocation related to an autoerotic sex game gone awry. An official autopsy is expected to determine the exact cause, but friends deny a suicidal state of mind and police say hotel security cameras show no one else entering or leaving Carradine’s room. To see our post on the illustrious Carradine clan, click here.
–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.