Doctors make fresh claims about Bruce Lee’s cause of death, 50 years on

November 24, 2022 2:00 pm

[Source: NZ HERALD]

Bruce Lee may have died from drinking too much water.

Doctors are making the claim almost 50 years after the martial arts icon died aged 32 in the summer of 1973 in Hong Kong.

An autopsy from the time showed the Enter the Dragon star had been killed by brain swelling, which medics blamed on him taking a painkiller. Researchers have now reviewed the evidence and concluded Bruce is more likely to have died 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.”

”We hypothesise that Bruce Lee died from a specific form of kidney dysfunction: the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasis, which is mainly a tubular function.”

”This may lead to hyponatraemia, cerebral oedema (brain swelling) and death within hours if excess water intake is not matched by water excretion in urine, which is in line with the timeline of Lee’s demise … ironically, Lee made famous the quote, ‘Be water, my friend’, but excess water appears to have ultimately killed him.”

The study claimed Bruce had multiple risk factors for hyponatraemia, including drinking high quantities of liquid and using cannabis, which increases thirst.

Hyponatremia means the sodium level in blood, which people need for fluid balance, is abnormally low. The imbalance causes cells in the body to swell, including those in the brain.