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It’s been nearly 50 years since Bruce Lee passed away suddenly on July 20, 1973, in Hong Kong — and now new research claims that the martial arts icon died from drinking too much water.
The study, conducted by a group of kidney specialists in Spain, was published in the December 2022 edition of the Clinical Kidney Journal. They alleged that the film star’s death was caused by his "kidney’s inability to excrete excess water."
Officials initially ruled that the cause of death was cerebral edema or brain swelling. However, the authors asserted that the 32-year-old possessed "multiple risk factors for hyponatremia," which means an unusually low sodium concentration in one’s blood. They cited Lee’s "chronic fluid intake," as well as the use of marijuana, which increases thirst.
They also pointed out potential factors that could have interfered with the late star’s kidney function, including alcohol intake and a history of injuries to the organ.
The researchers noted that Lee’s use of prescription medication could have also played a role in his kidney’s functions. Lee reportedly used meprobamate and aspirin, medications for anxiety and pain.
"We hypothesize that Bruce Lee died from a specific form of kidney dysfunction: the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasis," read the paper. "This may lead to hyponatremia, cerebral edema and death within hours if excess water intake is not matched by water excretion in urine."
"Given that hyponatremia is frequent, as is found in up to 40% of hospitalized persons and may cause death due to excessive water ingestion even in young healthy persons, there is a need for a wider dissemination of the concept that excessive water intake can kill," it concluded.
Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. His son, actor Brandon Lee, passed away in 1993 at age 28.
Over the years, Lee’s death has sparked numerous conspiracy theories. Some fans believed he may have been assassinated by gangsters, while others insisted he was the target of a curse. His final days were revisited in a 2018 book titled "Bruce Lee: A Life," which hypothesized that he passed away from a heat stroke.... (Read more)