Drinking too much water may have killed Bruce Lee

The kung fu legend drank 10 bottles of sake a day before his death

Kungfu legend Bruce Lee may have died from drinking too much water, doctors say almost 50 years after his death, the Daily Mail reported.

The Hollywood star died aged 32 in the summer of 1973 while in Hong Kong. An autopsy revealed that the cause of his death was cerebral edema, which doctors blamed on him abusing painkillers.

Over the years, rumors have claimed that his untimely demise may have been due to an assassination attempt by Chinese gangsters, or that he was poisoned by a jealous mistress, and some say he was the victim of a curse. Another version states that he died of heat stroke. And one of the most famous theories about the death of the kung fu legend is that he was killed because he revealed the secrets of martial arts to the world.

Now, researchers have reviewed the information on the case and believe that Bruce Lee died of hyponatremia.

“We hypothesize that the inability of the kidneys to excrete excess water killed Bruce Lee,” wrote a team of experts in an analysis for the Clinical Kidney Journal. Hyponatremia means that the level of sodium in the blood, which the body needs for fluid balance, is abnormally low. This causes cells to swell, including those in the brain.

The study claims that Bruce Lee had multiple risk factors predisposing to hyponatremia, including high fluid intake, prescription drug use, and alcohol.

The legend’s wife Linda revealed some time ago that he is

put on a liquid diet

of carrots and apple juice on the eve of his death. And Matthew Polley, who wrote the biography of Bruce Lee in 2018, mentions the repeated intake of water the night before he died.

“We hypothesize that Bruce Lee died of a specific form of kidney dysfunction, the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasis. This can lead to hyponatremia, cerebral edema (swelling of the brain), and death within hours if the excess water intake is not coupled with urine output consistent with Lee’s death,” the study concluded.

Those close to the martial arts master say that he often used cannabis. This can increase cravings, and biographer Matthew Polley mentions in his book the repeated use of the substance on the date July 20, 1973, the day Lee died.

Researchers speculate that this may have caused the fighter to drink a lot of water.

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

Bruce Lee’s death shocked the world just weeks before the release of Enter the Dragon, the first major Western-produced kung fu film. During the editing of the tape, the actor

collapses and has seizures,

being rushed to a Hong Kong hospital. A doctor diagnosed him with cerebral edema and Bruce Lee admitted to using Nepali hashish shortly before he became ill.

He also took diuretics to rid his body of sodium and thus make his muscles look more defined. In addition, sources close to Lee claim that he began drinking “ten to twenty bottles of sake” a day in the last months of his life.

What causes hyponatremia?

Excessive thirst – leads to too much fluid intake

Renal deficiency – the kidneys cannot rid the body of excess fluid

Hearty deficiency – excess fluid accumulates in the body

Diuretics – cause the body to excrete more sodium in the urine

Vomiting or diarrhea – the body loses a lot of fluid and sodium

Antidepressants and pain relievers – may cause you to sweat and urinate more than normal

Symptoms of hyponatremia include: nausea or vomiting, low blood pressure, loss of energy, muscle weakness, cramps, restlessness or irritability, headache, confusion or fatigue, seizures and even coma.

His son dies on the set

Brandon Lee, son of martial arts master Bruce Lee, was killed in 1993 on the set of the movie The Raven. The tragedy happened after his colleague fired a prop gun, which, however, contained a real bullet. The shooting interrupted the Hollywood rise of the promising young star and sparked a debate about the safety of firearms during filming.

The death of Brandon (28) has led many to think that a curse is hanging over Bruce Lee’s family.


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