Bruce Lee is considered one of the most influential martial artists the world has ever seen. Even the best-trained and most dedicated martial artists can't hold a candle to the kung-fu master. Lee's focus on mind, body, and spirit made him the greatest film fighter alive. However, the details surrounding his death are riddled with dark conspiracies and surprising theories. But in November 2022 a new study revealed what really happened.
A mysterious rise and fall
The report comes an astonishing 49 years after Lee passed away, proving that his remarkable legacy has lived on long after his untimely death. After all, Lee rose to worldwide fame in the 1960s when he began appearing on U.S. TV and then later in a number of hugely successful films. But after his biggest hit, Enter the Dragon, had been filmed and was all set for release, a terrible tragedy occurred.
The untimely death of a star
These are the facts that have been widely reported: on July 20, 1973, Lee took a prescription painkiller called Equagesic to try and quash a minor headache. Soon after going to rest, Lee fell into a coma, and attempts to revive him were ultimately unsuccessful. Bruce Lee was dead at the age of just 32. But many questions remained.
Looking for answers
How could a man at the very pinnacle of good health have passed away so suddenly and at such a young age? Coroners and pathologists from across the globe attempted to figure it all out. The conclusion at the time was that Lee had a sensitive response to an ingredient in Equagesic. This had then apparently caused a swelling of his brain. But this claim did not satisfy a mystified public — and people have been searching for answers ever since.
The timeline of a death
Most people consider the beginning of the end for Bruce Lee began on May 10, 1973 — two months before his death. This was when the actor collapsed while recording dialogue for Enter the Dragon. He was apparently suffering from headaches and seizures so he was sent to the hospital. The doctors there diagnosed cerebral edema — the same thing that happened when Lee died in July.