Friday, June 12, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Report: Death of Carradine not a suicide
LOS ANGELES - The forensics expert hired by David Carradine's family has concluded that the 'Kung Fu' actor did not commit suicide, but said Thursday that more information was needed from Thai investigators before the cause of death could be determined.
Carradine's brothers, Keith and Robert Carradine, each read part of a prepared statement to reporters from The Associated Press at a Los Angeles hotel. In their first public remarks since their older brother was found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room closet last week, they thanked supporters and asked for privacy.
'This is a devastating loss for our family and we greatly appreciate the compassion pouring in from all over the world,' Keith Carradine said.
They also released a statement by Dr. Michael Baden of New York that indicated a second autopsy determined Carradine didn't kill himself.
'However, to reach a final determination as to the cause and the manner of death we must wait for further information from Thailand as to the scene findings and the completion of the crime laboratory and toxicology studies that are still being performed,' Baden's statement concluded.
Late blues great Taylor set for musical farewell
CHICAGO - The late legendary blues singer Koko Taylor is set to receive a musical tribute fit for a queen.
Denise Williams, Otis Clay and other musicians in town for this weekend's Chicago Blues Festival were scheduled to perform Thursday at a memorial service for Taylor. Her funeral is today.
The sharecropper's daughter, who earned the nickname 'Queen of the Blues' during a career that stretched more than five decades, died June 3 at age 80 about two weeks after having surgery because of gastrointestinal bleeding.
While Taylor didn't have widespread mainstream success, she was revered and beloved by blues aficionados. Her work included the best-selling song 'Wang Dang Doodle,' and tunes such as 'What Kind of Man is This' and 'I Got What It Takes.'