Mystery of Bruce Lee's death aged 32 'solved' as documents reveal bomb theory

Mystery of Bruce Lee’s death aged 32 ‘solved’ as documents reveal bomb theory

THE mystery surrounding the death of martial arts legend Bruce Lee seems to have been solved by doctors in a bombshell theory.

The kung fu master and Hollywood star died in Hong Kong in the summer of 1973 at the age of 32.


Doctors now believe Bruce Lee may have died from drinking too much waterPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor
Bruce during the filming of Fists of Fury


Bruce during the filming of Fists of FuryPhoto credit: AFP

At the time, an autopsy revealed that Bruce had died from brain swelling, which doctors attributed to him taking a painkiller.

His death at such a young age has given rise to a number of theories, including that he was murdered by Chinese gangsters, poisoned by a jealous lover, fell victim to a curse, and died of heat stroke.

But doctors now believe he may have died from drinking too much water after reviewing the evidence – they say he likely suffered from hyponatremia.

A team of experts wrote in the Clinical Kidney Journal: “In other words, we propose that the kidney’s inability to eliminate excess water killed Bruce Lee.”

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Hyponatremia indicates that 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 that Bruce had multiple risk factors for hyponatremia.

He drank large amounts of fluids, used cannabis – which increases thirst – and other factors that affect kidney function, such as taking prescription drugs and alcohol.

His wife Linda has revealed how Bruce was on a liquid-based diet of carrot and apple juice leading up to his death.

Biographer Matthew Polly, author of Bruce Lee, A Life in 2018, references the repeated drinking of water on the evening of his death.

The study concluded: “We believe Bruce Lee died from a specific form of kidney dysfunction: the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasis, which is primarily a tubular function.

“This can result in hyponatremia, cerebral edema (brain swelling), and death within hours if excessive water intake is not matched by urinary water excretion, which is consistent with the time frame of Lee’s death.”

The researchers added that the fact that he drank a lot of water when it was “such a common activity” indicates it was probably “noticeably more frequent” than those around him on the day of his death.

It was also reported that Bruce was a frequent cannabis user, describing himself in a letter as “toed as hell”.

In his biography, Mr. Polly refers to Bruce’s repeated cannabis use on the day of his death, July 20, 1973.

The researchers suspect that this may have prompted Bruce to drink excessive amounts of water.

They wrote, “Ironically, Lee made the quote ‘Be water my friend’ famous, but excess water seems to have killed him in the end.”

Bruce died just weeks before the release of Enter the Dragon, the first major western-produced kung fu film.

During an editing session in an unair-conditioned dubbing room in May 1973, Bruce collapsed and suffered convulsions.

A doctor diagnosed him with cerebral edema and Bruce admitted that he had eaten some Nepalese hash just before the episode.

Actor Mike Moh played Bruce in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Last year, Bruce’s daughter lashed out at Tarantino’s portrayal of her father, saying it reminded her of how “white Hollywood” treated him.

In an open letter published in The Hollywood Reporter in July 2021, Shannon, 52, wrote that she’s “really tired of white men in Hollywood trying to tell me who Bruce Lee was.”

She wrote: “Why does Quentin Tarantino speak like he knows Bruce Lee and hates him? Seems strange considering he never met Bruce Lee, doesn’t it?

“As you already know, I felt Mr. Tarantino’s portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood was inaccurate and unnecessary, to say the least,” she later wrote, adding, “I really am f* *king is sick of white men in hollywood trying to tell me who bruce lee is.

“I’m tired of hearing from white men in Hollywood that he was arrogant and an asshole when they have no idea and can’t imagine what it might have cost to be a Chinese in Hollywood in the 1960’s and 70’s (God forbid) making an accent or attempting to express an opinion on a set as a perceived foreigner and person of color.

“I’m tired of white men in Hollywood confusing his confidence, passion and skill with hubris and therefore finding it necessary to marginalize him and his contributions.

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“I’m tired of white men in Hollywood finding it too difficult to believe that Bruce Lee was really good at what he did, and maybe even knew how to do it better than she did.”

Tarantino hit back at Joe Rogan’s podcast, saying Lee was “kind of an arrogant guy. The way he was talking, I wasn’t making up much of it.”

Bruce's daughter Shannon has been angered by Quentin Tarantino's portrayal of her father


Bruce’s daughter Shannon has been angered by Quentin Tarantino’s portrayal of her fatherPhoto credit: Getty

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