SFGate: Carol Queen on David Carradine’s death

“People engaged in elaborate genital macrame are not trying to kill
themselves, although they may use auto-erotic asphyxiation to take
themselves on a most distracting trip, meaning sometimes (or so sex
scientists think), the practice is linked with people who are
depressed. Since depression tends to lead to a desire for respite or
for distraction, there are many ways it can lead to potentially
dangerous forms of self-medication. But a flurry of commentary
speculating on Carradine’s mental state can easily paint this accident
as a symptom of something, and it’s just as likely to be simply, if
tragically, an effect of engagement in especially involved solo
stimulation. Call it post-graduate-level, “kids, don’t try this at
home” masturbation. Or, to borrow an appropriate line from someone with
no link to this situation: “a supposedly fun thing he’ll never do
again.”

–Sex educator and amazing person Carol Queen, commenting on the death of David Carradine, and how it ties (pun intended) to breath play.asphixia (Note: this link may not be SFW for everyone)