BRUCE Lee was at the top of his game when his life was cut tragically short aged just 32.
Also known as The Dragon, the martial arts legend’s death in 1973 in Hong Kong shocked fans around the world.
Bruce Lee was a martial arts legend who died aged 32 in 1973
Who was Bruce Lee?
He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA).
Bruce is considered to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West.
He is credited with promoting Hong Kong action cinema and helping to change the way Asians are presented in American films.
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How did Bruce Lee die?
On July 20, 1973 Bruce sadly passed away at the age of just 32.
At the time, an autopsy revealed he had died from brain swelling, which doctors put down to him taking a painkiller.
His death at such a young age gave rise to a number of theories, including he was assassinated by Chinese gangsters, poisoned by a jealous lover, the victim of a curse and that he died from heatstroke.
But in November 2022 doctors said they now believe he may have died from drinking too much water after they reviewed the evidence – saying he is likely to have suffered from hyponatraemia.
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A team of experts wrote in the Clinical Kidney Journal: “In other words, we propose that the kidney’s inability to excrete excess water killed Bruce Lee.”
Hyponatremia indicates the level of sodium in the blood – which is needed for fluid balance – is abnormally low.
The imbalance causes cells in the body to swell, including those in the brain.
The study claims Bruce had several risk factors for hyponatraemia.
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What films was Bruce Lee in?
Before his untimely death, Bruce starred in a number of films:
His biggest movies are (in order of popularity):
The Way of the Dragon, aka Return of the Dragon (1972)The Kid (1950) Fist of Fury, aka The Chinese Connection (1972) The Big Boss, aka Fists of Fury (1971)Game of Death (1978)The Orphan (1960) Enter the Dragon (1973)