With results from David Carradine's autopsy in Thailand still weeks away, the host of HBO's documentary series Autopsy will conduct his own examination in Los Angeles at the request of the actor's family.
Dr. Michael Baden, a pathologist and former New York City chief medical examiner, said he was "asked to help" by Mark Geragos, the attorney of Carradine's brother, Keith, according to RadarOnline.com.
Baden also serves as a medical expert for Fox News and has written two books on forensic medicine. He was also involved in investigating the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Anna Nicole Smith.
"Baden is one of the most experienced forensic pathologists in the world," Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, chairman of the Department of Forensic Sciences at John Jay College of Criminal Justice told New York's Daily News. "If there's something suspicious, he'll find it."
Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room last Thursday. He was hanging naked in a closet with ropes around his neck and genitals, which prompted speculation that the actor might have died from autoerotic asphyxiation.
"[Baden is] familiar with autoerotic asphyxiation," Kobilinsky said. "He'll perform a typical autopsy of the body ... [and] a psychological autopsy, to get into the mind of the deceased."
But Kobilinski said photos taken by Thai police at the scene could help determine cause of death. "If there's evidence of pornography or sexual apparatus, that would support the notion this was autoerotic," he said. "Failure to find that begs the interesting question whether he did this all himself. His hands were tied up, above his head. How does that happen? It's not impossible, but you have to ask all the questions."
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