US actor David Carradine, the star of Kill Bill and Kung Fu, has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room.

It has been reported that the 72-year-old was found by a hotel maid in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and his body earlier today.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, has confirmed the death of the 72-year-old actor. The embassy was informed by Thai authorities that Carradine had died either late Wednesday or early Thursday.

The star was in Thailand filming his latest film Stretch, according to his personal manager Chuck Binder. In a statement, Binder said: “He was full of life, always wanting to work… a great person.”

Carradine, eldest son of acting legend John Carradine, was best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, which spawned sequels in the 1980s and 1990s.

After a career which included more than 100 movies with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman, he rediscovered fame following his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. He is survived by his wife, Annie Bierman, and four children.