There's a chance Bruce Lee died after consuming too much water. doctors are claiming nearly 50 years after the legendary martial artist's death in Hong Kong in the summer of 1973 at the age of 32. An autopsy performed at the time revealed that the Enter the Dragon actor had died of brain swelling, which doctors attributed to the use of painkillers by him.
The article, written by a group of kidney specialists from the Autonomous University of Madrid, contends that hyponatraemia, or "the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasis," was most likely to blame for the actor's sudden death on July 20, 1973, due to cerebral oedema. Lee would have been a likely candidate for the condition given the authors' list of several risk factors, which included his diet's emphasis on liquids like juices, his increased use of alcohol and marijuana, and his history of kidney damage.
Hyponatremia is a condition in which the sodium level in the blood, which is required for fluid balance, is abnormally low.
"Hypersensitivity to Equagesic components was identified as the official cause of death," according to the study. However, Lee had previously used the drug, and on the day of his death, he took the pill only "after" feeling uneasy and exhibiting symptoms that could be explained by cerebral oedema.
According to the study, Lee suffered from cerebral oedema two months before his death while in Hong Kong for a dubbing session. Lee was taken to Baptist Hospital, where cerebral oedema was diagnosed and mannitol was administered.
According to the study, Bruce had several risk factors for hyponatremia, including drinking large amounts of liquid and using cannabis, which increases thirst. The imbalance causes cells in the body, including those in the brain, to swell.
For decades, conspiracy theories have swirled around Bruce's death, claiming that he was murdered by Chinese gangsters, poisoned by a jealous lover, or was the victim of a curse. Linda Lee, 77, revealed that the Lee was on a fluid-based diet of carrot and apple juice when he died unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Matthew Polly, the author of the 2018 biography 'Bruce Lee, A Life,' mentioned Bruce's repeated water consumption on the evening of his death.
Lee died as a result of a specific type of kidney dysfunction: the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasis, which is primarily a tubular function. If excessive water intake is not matched by water excretion in urine, this can result in hyponatremia, cerebral oedema, and death within hours, which is consistent with Lee's demise timeline.