Bruce Lee ‘Could Have Died From Drinking Too Much WATER’: Doctors Think They’ve Solved The Mystery Of The Movie Star’s Untimely Death… Almost 50 Years Later!
- “Too much water appears to have ultimately killed it,” the researchers say.
- They wrote in the Clinical Kidney Journal that Bruce Lee had hyponatremia
- Here where the level of sodium in the blood, necessary for fluid balance, is low.
- Their risk factors were high water intake and cannabis use, which increases thirst.
- Previous theories about the cause of death included swelling in the brain and heat stroke.
Kung fu legend Bruce Lee may have died from drinking too much water, doctors say nearly 50 years after he passed away.
The supreme martial arts star and Hollywood star died at the age of 32 in the summer of 1973 while in Hong Kong.
An autopsy showed that Bruce had died from brain swelling, which doctors attributed to his taking a painkiller.
His untimely death sparked rumors that he may have been killed by Chinese mobsters, poisoned by a jealous lover, or the victim of a curse. Another theory was that he died of heat stroke.
Now, investigators have reviewed the evidence to rule 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 wrote in the journal. Kidney Clinical Journal.
The mysterious death of movie star and martial artist Bruce Lee may have been the result of drinking too much water, according to a new study.
Hyponatremia means that the level of sodium in your blood, which your body needs to balance fluids, 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, which increases thirst, as well as other factors that decrease the capacity of the kidneys, such as the use of prescription drugs and alcohol. .
Lee’s wife, Linda, revealed how Bruce had a liquid-based diet of carrot and apple juice in the lead up to his death.
And Matthew Polly, who wrote the biography. Bruce Lee, a life in 2018, it refers to the repeated ingestion of water on the night of his death.
Matthew Polly, who wrote the Bruce Lee biography, A Life in 2018, refers to the repeated drinking of water on the night of Lee’s death.
The study concluded: ‘We hypothesize that Bruce Lee died from a specific form of kidney dysfunction: the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasis, which is primarily a tubular function.
“This can lead to hyponatremia, cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) and death within hours if excessive water intake is not matched by water excretion in the urine, which is in line with the timeline of the Lee’s death.”
The researchers wrote that the fact that water consumption was noted when it is “such a common activity” means it was likely “notably higher” than those around him on the day of his death.
Bruce has also been reported to have used cannabis frequently, describing himself in a letter as “high 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.
“In other words, we propose that the kidney’s inability to excrete excess water killed Bruce Lee,” the scientists wrote (Pictured: Bruce Lee on Enter The Dragon)
The researchers suggest that this may have led Bruce to drink excessive water.
“Ironically, Lee made the quote ‘I know water my friend’ famous, but too much water seems to have ultimately killed him,” they wrote.
Bruce’s death came just weeks before the release of Enter the dragon the first major western produced kung fu film.
It nearly failed in May 1973 after collapsing and spasming after an editing session in a sweltering dubbing room with no air conditioning.
A doctor diagnosed cerebral edema, and Bruce admitted that he had eaten Nepali hashish shortly before the episode.
What is hyponatremia?
Hyponatremia means that the level of sodium in the blood is below normal and is the most common electrolyte disorder. It is more common in elderly people.
Your body needs sodium to balance fluids and control blood pressure, nerves, and muscles.
The normal level of sodium in the blood is 135 to 145 milliequivalents per liter.
What causes hyponatremia?
Causes of hyponatremia include:
- Excessive thirst: causes excessive fluid intake.
- Kidney failure – the kidneys are unable to remove excess fluid from the body
- Congestive heart failure – excess fluid builds up in the body
- Diuretics (water pills): make the body remove more sodium in the urine.
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea – the body loses a lot of fluid and sodium
- Antidepressants and pain medications – can cause more sweating and urination than normal
What are the symptoms of hyponatremia?
Symptoms of hyponatremia include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- power loss
- Muscle weakness, spasms, or cramps
- restlessness or bad temper
- Headache, confusion, or fatigue
- Seizures or coma
How is hyponatremia treated?
Treatment for hyponatremia varies depending on the severity, but the first step may be to reduce the amount of fluids you drink or adjust your use of diuretics (water pills).
Your GP may also recommend an intravenous drip of sodium solution, prescribe medication for sodium retention or dialysis.