As the man who made Chinese martial arts an international phenomena and created young action heroes out of the neighborhood geek, Bruce Lee’s sudden death at the age of 33 became a mystery that remains unresolved. His death was rumored to have been caused by a number of reasons, ranging from a severe blow from an angry martial artist, to his drug addiction, to an alleged beating by gangsters. Many people believed that he and his family were cursed, and that that could have also caused his death.
Two months prior to his death, Bruce Lee collapsed on the set of a film. Doctors at the hospital determined he was suffering from a cerebral edema. After reducing the swelling, he was sent home. Then, on July 20, 1973, while in Hong Kong, Bruce again had headaches. His friend and colleague gave him a painkiller that contained both aspirin and muscle relaxant. His death was officially declared and accident by doctors.
The autopsy report stated that Lee died of a brain swelling caused by a fluid congestion, which in medical terminology is referred to as a cerebral edema. However, the report was unconvincing and was open to doubt as it did not mention as to how the edema was actually caused and that remained a matter of suspicion and speculation. It was reported to have been caused as a result of a negative reaction to analgesic to which he was allegedly allergic. However, possibility of a foul play in his premature passing away was always under the scanner. Expressing doubt on the avowal of the autopsy reports, his neurosurgeon was quoted by bruceleefilms.com
saying: “Professor Teare was a forensic scientist recommended by Scotland Yard; he was brought in as an expert on cannabis and we can’t contradict his testimony. The dosage of cannabis is neither precise nor predictable, but I’ve never known of anyone dying simply from taking it.”
Bruce Lee was a Chinese American actor, film director and producer. The master of martial arts, Lee founded the Jeet Kune Do concept and popularized Kung Fu. His appearances in the movies like The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon and Enter the dragon made him the cultural icon of the 20th century.
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