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Bruce Lee’s Death: Details of His Sudden Passing 50 Years Ago

Bruce Lee died at the age of 32 on July 20, 1973
In July 1973, Bruce Lee was working on a number of new projects, most notably the movie Game of Death. He’d been married to Linda Emery Lee for nine years, and they had two children together: 8-year-old Brandon and 4-year-old Shannon.

But on July 20, 1973, Lee went to take a nap after complaining of a headache and never woke up. An ambulance was called after he was found unconscious, but Lee was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Lee’s sudden death at 32 years old was due to cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain — though several theories have emerged over the years regarding the edema’s cause. In the ’70s, experts claimed the brain swelling was caused by a hypersensitivity to prescribed medication, while more recent studies suggest the edema could have been due to heat stroke or from drinking an excessive amount of water.
His funeral was held in Hong Kong, where he died, though he’s buried in Seattle alongside his son, who died two decades later.

On the 50th anniversary of Lee’s death, Shannon wrote a tribute addressed to her late father and brother in PEOPLE. “You both lived so vibrantly, so boldly, so viscerally, so truly, and it is that life that you embodied and shared so beautifully that has given me the courage and the desire to not just live but grow and blossom through the loss of you,” she wrote. “Your energy is eternal, and it still communicates. It still hits. It still loves. And I love you—your big laughter, your big smiles.”
Here’s a look at what happened when Bruce Lee died and the legacy he left behind.

How did Bruce Lee die?
After complaining of a headache on July 20, 1973, Lee took the painkiller Equagesic and went to take a nap, according to the 2018 biography Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew A. Polly. He was later found unconscious and brought to the hospital via an ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Wu inferred Lee’s death was caused by cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain. However, there have been multiple theories as to what caused Lee’s cerebral edema over the years. At the time of Lee’s death, a coroner later concluded that the cerebral edema was due to a reaction from the painkiller Equagesic, even though Lee had reportedly taken the pill before.
Others had suggested that the cannabis found in Lee’s system could have contributed to his death, but forensic scientist Donald Teare, who was assigned to Lee’s case, denied this.
In 2018, Polly proposed in his biography that the cerebral edema could have been caused by over-exertion and heat stroke, particularly as Lee had his underarm sweat glands removed in 1972.However, a 2022 study proposed that Lee died from drinking too much water. Kidney specialists in Spain conducted research published in the Clinical Kidney Journal suggesting that the swelling of his brain may have been caused by his kidney’s “inability to excrete excess water.”
Lee, who had been experiencing headaches and seizures, collapsed while working on his film Enter the Dragon two months before his death in 1973. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed cerebral edema, and was discharged several days later.
When did Bruce Lee die?
Lee died on July 20, 1973. According to Polly, the news of Lee’s death broke around 11:30 p.m., when Hong Kong’s police commissioner Charles Sutcliffe was notified.
Suttcliffe was hosting a party with many prominent members of the Hong Kong media present, and they all made their way to Queen Elizabeth Hospital after hearing the news.
Where did Bruce Lee die?
Lee died at the home of Taiwanese actress Betty Ting Pei in Kowloon, Hong Kong. On the day of his death, Lee and producer Richard Chow drove to Pei’s home, where he took an Equagesic and laid down for a nap.
How old was Bruce Lee when he died?
Lee was 32 years old when he died. More than 30 years after his death, an 8.2-ft. statue of Lee was unveiled in Hong Kong on Nov. 27, 2005, what would have been his 65th birthday.
How did the public react to Bruce Lee’s death?
The martial artist’s death sparked a major public reaction around the world. His funeral was held in Hong Kong, and he was later buried in Seattle.
What legacy did Bruce Lee leave behind?
Lee is still considered a cultural icon, and the most influential martial artist of all time. In 1999, TIME named him one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
He founded the martial arts discipline of Jeet Kune Do, which incorporates numerous different forms of martial arts. Jeet Kune Do is also considered a predecessor to mixed martial arts, which is featured in the UFC.
Lee’s son Brandon followed in his footsteps as a martial artist and actor, but he died at the age of 28 on the set of the movie The Crow after being wounded by a prop gun. His daughter Shannon also became a martial artist and an actress and is president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. Since her brother’s death, she’s been a proponent of mandatory gun safety training on film sets.
Shannon has also been protective of her father’s image and legacy. In 2021, she criticized Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino for the movie’s portrayal of her father “as a dispensable stereotype.”
In 2019, she told PEOPLE that she still has vivid memories of her father and feels a close connection to him. She serves as one of the executive producers of the Cinemax martial arts crime drama Warrior, which is based on her father’s writings.“When he focused his attention on you, it was like having the sun shine on you,” she shared. “That feeling has stayed with me my whole life.”

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Angelina Jolie alludes to Brad Pitt divorce, admits family is still ‘finding our footing’ after split

Jolie says she took step back from Hollywood because her family had ‘healing’ to do
Angelina Jolie is seemingly speaking out about her divorce from Brad Pitt, admitting that she made a big change in her career seven years ago so she and her family could focus on “healing.”

Jolie and Pitt shocked fans when they announced their divorce in 2016, just two years after they finally tied the knot.
Now, while discussing her fashion house, Atelier Jolie, in a new interview with Vogue, the actress said, “Sometimes the way you dress says, ‘Don’t mess with me — I’ve got my armor on.’ But I want a woman to feel safe enough that she can be soft.”

“After I went through something where I was hurt, I had a therapist ask if I would try wearing a flowing garment. Sounds silly, but I assumed that pants and boots projected a ‘tougher’ look, a stronger me. But was I strong enough to be soft? At the time, no, I felt vulnerable.”

Jolie continued, saying, “Now I wonder if I don’t know what my style is because I’m still understanding who I am at 48. I guess I’m in transition as a person.”
She said, “I feel a bit down these days. I don’t feel like I’ve been myself for a decade, in a way, which I don’t want to get into.”

While she didn’t delve into intimate details of why she feels that way, she did say that “seven years ago” – which would have been in 2016, the year she left Pitt – she made the choice to do fewer movies and “only taking jobs that didn’t require long shoots.”
“We had a lot of healing to do,” she said of her family, comprised of the six children she shares with her ex-husband. “We’re still finding our footing.”
She credited Atelier Jolie for assisting in the healing process, explaining, “I think part of this has also been therapeutic for me – to work in a creative space with people you trust and to rediscover yourself. I’m hoping to change many aspects of my life. And this is the forward-facing one.”
At another point in the interview, Jolie spoke more about her children and the massive impact they’ve made on her life while also alluding to this difficult time she’s been facing.
“I was 26 when I became a mother,” she said. “My entire life changed. Having children saved me and taught me to be in this world differently. I think, recently, I would’ve gone under in a much darker way had I not wanted to live for them. They’re better than me because you want your children to be.”
“Of course, I’m the mother, and hopefully that safe place for them and that stability. But I’m also the one that they laugh at, and I see them taking over so many different aspects of our family.”
While Jolie typically doesn’t speak in detail about the breakdown of her marriage, certain accusations have been made public because of the lengthy court battle between her and Pitt.
Jolie first accused Pitt of physically abusing her and the couple’s children in a complaint filed in the ongoing lawsuit.
During a 2016 fight, Pitt allegedly “choked one of the children and struck another in the face” and “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her.” He then poured “beer and red wine” on her and their six children. “Some of the children pleaded with Pitt to stop,” according to the documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Court documents stated, “They were all frightened. Many were crying.” Jolie filed for divorce shortly after the alleged altercation.
After being investigated by the FBI, a probable cause statement was provided to the U.S. attorney’s office.
“After reviewing the document, [a] representative of the United States Attorney’s Office discussed the merits of this investigation with the case agent,” the FBI report said. “It was agreed by all parties that criminal charges in this case would not be pursued due to several factors.”
A source familiar with the matter told Fox News Digital that the claims made by Jolie were false.
“She continues to rehash, revise and reimagine her description of an event that happened six years ago by adding completely untrue information each time she fails to get what she wants,” the source said.
The latest filing, which was done by Jolie’s former company, Nouvel, in July, accused Pitt of running a “vindictive campaign” to “loot” the business after she filed for divorce.
The two first became romantically involved in 2004, and they married in 2014. They share six children: Maddox, 22, Pax, 19, Zahara, 18, Shiloh, 17, and 15-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Opens Up About His Relationship With Ex-Wife Maria Shriver, Confirms “…Will Continue On Forever”

Arnold Schwarzenegger believes his story with Maria Shriver will continue “forever”. Here’s what he has to say about their relationship!
Arnold Schwarzenegger believes his story with Maria Shriver will continue “forever”.

The 76-year-old actor and Maria, 67, finalised their divorce back in 2021 – but Schwarzenegger insists that she’ll always be a big part of his life.
In his new motivational book, ‘Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life’, Schwarzenegger shares: “We never left the [first] chapter. Because remember, it’s not like we had a feud. We didn’t have a fight. It’s just my f*** up, right?

“She said, ‘Okay, this is what it is,’ and then she decided to make a split, so it was her decision. But the fact is, we always made it very clear that the kids should not suffer because of that.”
The Hollywood star and Maria split after it emerged that Schwarzenegger fathered a son with Mildred Baena, the family’s long-time housekeeper.

However, the former couple – who have Katherine, 33, Christina, 32, Patrick, 30, and Christopher, 26, together – have continued to spend a lot of time together since then.
Schwarzenegger said: “So everything is kind of just as if we’re together but we have separate lives. And she has her things, her relationship, I have mine, but we always communicate about the kids, about the holidays, about birthday parties and Mother’s Day parties and Christmas.

“My chapter with Maria will continue on forever. Even though it’s a different relationship, there’s no reason for me to feel anything other than love for her.”
The actor – who married Maria in 1986 – previously described their split as his biggest “biggest failure” in life.
He told Howard Stern: “That was, without any doubt, the biggest setback and the biggest failure. You can’t point the finger at anyone else.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo just made a TikTok account and he’s already banned

Portuguese fútbol icon Cristiano Ronaldo apparently just made a TikTok account, and it’s already been banned as fans flock to follow him on the video-sharing platform.
When it comes to fútbol, there are few names as famous as Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese pro is one of the most prominent athletes in the world, currently playing as a Forward for Al Nassr.

Having won a multitude of honors and cementing himself as one of the best strikers in the world, he’s a globally famous figure who already boasts a massive following online on platforms like Instagram.
In fact, Ronaldo has the second most-followed profile on Instagram, sitting right behind the official Instagram account at over 606 million followers. Now, the athlete seems to be making another major splash on a different social media platform.

Fans confused as Cristiano Ronaldo TikTok account gets bannedIn September 2023, Ronaldo seemingly made an account on TikTok for the very first time. In just a matter of hours, his supposed account managed to rake in millions of followers, with his videos garnering tens of millions of views each.
Unfortunately, it looks like TikTok had some troubles with this account, as it has been suspended at the time of writing, leaving fans completely confused.

Right now, it’s unclear why TikTok took this action. It could be that the platform worried he was impersonating himself. This has happened to other celebrities and influencers in the past on other sites.
Ronaldo has yet to comment on the matter, but some fans are convinced that the account wasn’t actually him. Commenters have pointed out that it was either someone impersonating him due to using tags like #fyp and #viral, while others suspect that it may have been run by his team.

Whatever the case may be, the entire situation has left fútbol enthusiasts scratching their heads in confusion. We’ll keep you updated on the ordeal right here at Dexerto.

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