What are the findings?
When the martial arts master died in Hong Kong in 1973, the cause of death was determined to be cerebral edema.
But a new study found Lee drank more water than his body could handle, and hyponatremia was the actual cause of death.
This problem occurs when excess water in the body causes low blood sodium levels and prevents the person from urinating sufficiently quickly or effectively.
Research also found that Lee also used marijuana, had previously suffered kidney damage from martial arts, and had a “chronic water intake” that included alcohol and a juice-based diet.
The researchers, a group of doctors from the Autonomous University of Madrid, said, “We hypothesize that Bruce Lee died from a specific form of renal insufficiency: excreting enough water to maintain water homeostasis. It means you can’t.
“If excessive water intake is not matched by urinary water excretion, this can lead to hyponatremia, cerebral edema, and death within hours,” they added.
“Given that hyponatremia is common, as seen in up to 40% of hospitalized patients, and that excessive fluid intake can kill even young, healthy people, excessive fluid intake is critical. kill,’ they said.
The researchers emphasized that in 1973 doctors may have discovered brain enlargement due to hyponatremia.
“Lee famously said, ‘Water your friends,’ but it seems that too much water ultimately killed him,” the researchers conclude.
Long-standing theories about Lee’s cause of death suggest that he died of heat stroke, poisoning.
The curse of the magical family A hypothesis has also been suggested that was reportedly developed retroactively when Lee’s son Brandon died tragically on the set of “The Crow” in 1993.
However, if new research is correct, the cause could be less dramatic.