It has been 49 years since Bruce Lee’s sudden death in July 1943. An autopsy performed at the time revealed that his brain had swollen to an extraordinary degree. He was believed to have died of cerebral edema due to taking the painkiller Equagesic.
However, it is possible that the causes of the premature death of the greatest artist of war films that the world has known to date were ultimately different. According to a new study published recently, Bruce Lee may have died after all from drinking too much water.
He felt dizzy
The team behind the new study into his causes of death re-examined the evidence. It is now believed that Bruce Lee’s death was due to the inability of his kidneys to process excess water, which ultimately led to his death.
“Based on an analysis of publicly available data, we estimate that the cause of his death was cerebral edema due to hyponatremia,” the researchers wrote in the study published in the Clinical Kidney Journal.
On the day of his death, Bruce Lee reportedly felt dizzy and had a headache after smoking weed and drinking water in the afternoon. He was later given the painkiller Equagesic and two hours later he was found unconscious.
“We hypothesize that Bruce Lee died of a specific form of kidney dysfunction,” notes the new research published in the Clinical Kidney Journal according to a Mirror report.
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