“Police Lt. Gen. Worapong Chewprecha told reporters that Carradine was found with a rope tied around his genitals and another rope around his neck. The two ropes were tied together,” he said. "It is unclear whether he committed suicide or not or he died of suffocation or heart failure."
OK, thats def not suicide. Thats some kind of sexual stimulation practice gone wrong. I doubt it was part of his Tai Chi excercises.
Various methods are used to achieve the level of oxygen depletion needed, such as a hanging, suffocation with a plastic bag over the head, self-strangulation such as with a ligature, gas or volatile solvents, chest compression, or some combination of these. Sometimes, complicated devices are used to produce the desired effects. The practice can be dangerous even if performed with care and has resulted in a significant number of accidental deaths. Uva (1995) writes â€œEstimates of the mortality rate range of autoerotic asphyxia between 250 to 1000 deaths per year in the United States.â€