A recent study conducted by a group of kidney specialists may have looked into the real cause of Bruce Lee’s death: apparently the actor died of excessive fluid consumption.
There death from Bruce Lee at only 32 years old, which took place on July 20, 1973, was a shock to the world of Hollywood and beyond. Almost 50 years have passed since her passing, but the memory of the great martial arts icon is more alive than ever. At the time it was ruled that her death was due to cerebral edema, but apparently there is more to it.
A recent study conducted by a group of kidney specialists in Spain, and published in the December edition of the Clinical Kidney Journal, explained that Bruce Lee’s death was due to the inability of his kidneys to expel theexcess water. Specifically, the authors of the study say that at the time of his death the actor had multiple risk factors for hyponatremia, or an abnormally low concentration of sodium in the blood.
Causes include chronic fluid consumption, marijuana use (which feeds thirst), and well-documented factors that may have interfered with normal kidney function such as prescribed medications, alcohol intake, and a history of of injury to the organ.
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The sudden nature of Bruce Lee’s death has been the subject of fervent speculation for decades, with some fans even speculating over the years that the star was murdered. A 2018 book, Bruce Lee: A Lifespeculated that he died of heat exhaustion, but the current study did not find that temperatures were abnormally high that day.
The study speculated that while she didn’t consume a huge amount of water, her kidneys were potentially unable to handle even normal amounts of fluid. In addition, the man was reportedly on an almost liquid diet, consisting mostly of fruit juices.