Bruce Lee雷电竞娱乐 poured himself into everything he did. When he discovered martial arts, he committed to a fitness regime 100 percent, avoiding drinking and smoking, plus taking vitamin supplements — and even to build the perfect tone. When he found acting and wasn’t finding success in the United States, he moved to Hong Kong to establish his box office power to attract interest back home.

With that kind of dedication and control, his on July 20, 1973, in Hong Kong, at age 32 wasn’t just shocking — it was incomprehensible.

, run by The Bruce Lee Family Company. “The determination was that Bruce had a hypersensitive reaction to an ingredient in the pain medication that caused a swelling of the fluid on the brain, resulting in a coma and death.”

. Some believe he was killed by Chinese gangsters, others say that he was poisoned and still others say he died while in the act with a mistress. Other theories even claim it was voodoo or a family curse.

Lee was weeks away from the premiere of his first major American movie

Bruce Jun Fan Lee (or Lee Siu Loong in Cantonese) was born in San Francisco on November 27, 1940 — in the year of the Dragon and the hour of the Dragon (between 6 and 8 a.m). Raised in Hong Kong, he was a child actor in about 20 films and started studying wing chun gung fu at 13.

雷电竞娱乐Returning back to the United States at 18, he studied philosophy at the University of Washington while teaching gung fu and eventually opened his own school, the Jung Fan Gung Fu Institute, with locations in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles. He also became a family man, marrying Linda (now Linda Lee Cadwell) and raising son Brandon and daughter Shannon.

on July 20 from Hong Kong said that he died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital “after having been found unconscious in his home here.” It also noted: “Police sources said foul play was not suspected but that an autopsy would be performed.”

雷电竞娱乐A month later, on September 3, came out citing the cause: “Bruce Lee, a star of kung‐fu movies, probably died of brain edema, an excess of fluid, that might have been caused by marijuana, a coroner reported today.”

雷电竞娱乐At that point, even the coroner, C. K. E. Tung, hadn’t found what caused the edema, but noted the traces of marijuana residue in his body — and raised that the condition may have been spurred by “drug intoxication or sensitivity.”

雷电竞娱乐None of it tracked. Here was someone who paid such attention to everything he put in his body. How could a pain killer or marijuana take his life so abruptly?

, where they found he had a “grand mal seizure.” According to Matthew Polly, who wrote Bruce Lee: A Life, he was released when the swelling cleared. And that’s when he made the fateful trip to Hong Kong.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

He died at the home of a Taiwanese actress

雷电竞娱乐One of the first facts that started throwing suspicion on the cerebral edema explanation was that it was soon determined his death didn’t occur at his own home, but rather at that of Taiwanese actress Betty Ting Pei at 67 Beacon Hill Road.

. The medical professionals who had treated him in May had warned him about hash. “We told him that his very low percentage of body fat could make him vulnerable to drugs,” Dr. Peter Wu said in the book The Tao of Bruce Lee. “Since he'd already had a very bad time with the drug, we told him that the effects were likely to be worse next time.”

According to Polly’s book, Chow had realized how bad it would look for Lee to be found in Ting Pei’s apartment with just the two of them, so he started to dress Lee so they could move the body. Ultimately, they decided to call Ting Pei’s doctor, Dr. Eugene Chu Poh-hwye, to come to her apartment. He tried to revive him, but it was no use. The star was dead.

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Not long after, she was given the tragic news. He was dead. But at that point, he may have already been dead for a while.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

A false statement about how Lee died was released

Since Lee’s three films had done so well in Hong Kong, he was a megastar there and the press descended on the hospital.

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The hospital also issued a release, pointing at cerebral edema. The reasons for these accounts seemed just: They wanted to protect Lee’s young kids.

While rumors went rampant, the coroner called it a 'death by misadventure'

雷电竞娱乐While the cover-up worked at first, the press was steadfast. One reporter figured out that the address of the ambulance pick-up was Ting Pei’s apartment. She was questioned, but stuck to the fabricated story, opening up more mysteries.

Chow and Linda were committed to shielding the children from the truth and came up with a new timeline and order of events that made Lee’s visit to Ting Pei’s place a business meeting to try to recruit her for Game of Death. Working out the play by play, it all seemed to line up. And for the greater part of a few decades, that remained the story.

Still, theories were tested. One story was that Lee died with an erection — and a Hong Kong photographer actually managed to bribe a morgue worker to take pictures of the corpse to see if it was true. While he got a picture of his face, she stopped him before he got any lower. But then the photos of his face started a new theory: He was poisoned since his face was so bloated.

said it was an unknown epileptic condition. But in Polly’s 2018 book, he : a heatstroke. It was 90 degrees and humid that July day and reportedly Lee had his armpit sweat glands removed so he wouldn’t look so sweaty on camera. That matched up with the May incident since he had been in a hot room without any circulation.

雷电竞娱乐 a “death by misadventure.”

Lee's son also tragically died at a young age

雷电竞娱乐From the start, the family accepted the medical explanation for the tragedy. “Although we do not have the final autopsy report, I have no suspicion of anything other than natural death,” Linda stated at the time. “I myself do not hold any person or people responsible for his death. Fate has ways we cannot change. The only thing of importance is that Bruce is gone and will not return.” She also wrote three books about Lee — which are seemingly now out of print — but the family never wavered from their truth.

In a , son Brandon chalked all the theories up to his father's legendary status: “I think that’s maybe why the rumors, which to me, which are on the level of people still talking about Elvis still being alive I think that’s perhaps why so many of those rumors sprung up — he was only 32.”

, at the age of 28, proving that perhaps the family curse was the truest of all the theories. And just like with his father, about Brandon’s death.