Back in the 1960s and 70s, many considered him to be the baddest man on the planet. Finally, nearly half a century later, doctors believe they have discovered the mystery behind the brain swelling that caused the death of actor and martial arts champion Bruce Lee.
The legendary master of 'Jeet Kune Do' died in Hong Kong on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32 from brain swelling. At the time, doctors believed it was due to Lee's use of a painkiller. But researchers now believe he died from having too much water in his system.
In the upcoming issue of Clinical Kidney Journal, researchers write, “We propose that the kidney’s inability to excrete excess water killed Bruce Lee. Ironically, Lee made famous the quote ‘Be water, my friend’ — but excess water appears to have ultimately killed him.”
Doctors say the star of "Enter the Dragon" likely died of hyponatremia — a low concentration of sodium in the blood, which can be caused by too much water or fluid in the body.
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