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Kung fu legend Bruce Lee ‘may have died from drinking too much water’

Kung fu legend, Bruce Lee

Kung fu legend Bruce Lee may have died of drinking too much water, doctors have claimed nearly 50 years after his death.

The American martial artist and actor died aged 32 in the summer of 1973 while in Hong Kong.

An autopsy at the time showed Bruce had died of brain swelling, which doctors blamed on him for taking painkillers.

His untimely death sparked rumors that he was murdered or poisoned by a jealous lover. Another theory was that he died of heatstroke.

Now researchers have reviewed the evidence to conclude that Bruce likely died of hyponatremia.

“In other words, we propose that the kidney’s inability to excrete excess water killed Bruce Lee,” the team of experts wrote in the Clinical Kidney Journal.

Hyponatremia means that the level of sodium in the blood that your body needs for fluid balance is abnormally low.

An imbalance causes cells in the body to swell, including those in the brain.

The study claims that Bruce had multiple risk factors for hyponatremia, including drinking large amounts of fluids, using cannabis that increases thirst, and other factors that decrease kidney capacity, such as consumption of prescription drugs and alcohol.

His wife Linda has revealed how Bruce had been on a liquid diet of carrot and apple juice before his death.

And Matthew Polly, who wrote Bruce Lee’s 2018 biography A Life, refers to repeated water intakes the night he died.

The study concluded: “We hypothesize that Bruce Lee died of a specific form of renal dysfunction: the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasis, which is primarily a tubular function.

“It can lead to hyponatremia, cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) and death within hours if excessive water intake does not match water excretion in urine, which is the timeline of Lee’s death.”

The researchers wrote that the fact that water consumption was noted when it was such a ‘common activity’ means it was likely ‘significantly higher’ than those around it during the day. of his death.

It was also reported that Bruce had frequently used cannabis and in a letter described himself as “stoned as hell”.

Cannabis use can increase thirst and Mr Polly refers in his book to repeated use of the substance on July 20, 1973 – the day Bruce died.

Researchers suggest this may have caused Bruce to drink excess water.

“Ironically, Lee made the quote ‘Be water my friend’ famous, but the excess water seems to have finally killed him,” they wrote.

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