One of the most powerful and influential men in history, Bruce Lee completely changed the way the world looked at Chinese culture and more specifically, the martial art forms derived from there.
Lee was always in street fights as a kid and eventually the trouble saw him fleeing back to America at a young age, where he was born. He studied philosophy as well as furthered his knowledge of martial arts.
He initially developed this for street fighting, but the breakthrough of fixed positions, stances and techniques that restricted martial arts to a certain form and the evolution of fluid freestyle fighting made Lee known as Godfather of mixed martial arts.
Many of the techniques he developed are used in MMA today and have proven to be highly effective, even in UFC.
That’s where his movie career really started to gain traction with his first feature length film with him as the leading role in The Big Boss.
Filming had wrapped up from the blockbuster martial arts movie and Enter the Dragon was scheduled for release on July 26, 1973.
On July 20, 1973, just six days before the release of Enter the Dragon, the movie that bought him international fame, Bruce Lee took a painkiller, Equagesic, to deter a headache and laid down to rest in the home of Betty Ting Pei, who was set to star alongside him in an upcoming movie, Game of Death.
Chow stated in a 2005 interview that Lee died from an allergic reaction to meprobamate, the main ingredient in painkiller he was given.
There are a couple of theories as to what caused his death. Most just discard any deeper reason and attribute his death to an allergic reaction to the medicine he took, but others have theories that go far beyond that.
Some believe it was due to the Lee family curse, which may have some substance to it when you look at how Bruce’s son, Brandon, died on a movie set.
Another claims is was caused by Dim Mak (the Death Touch). In Chinese medicine, Dim Mak translates to ”energy interruption” which attacks vital points on the body as well as the meridian lines which can cause illness and death in the future. A good movie for reference would be Red Sun Rising.
Whatever the reason for his death, we should take the comments of his wife, Linda Lee Cadwell, from Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story into consideration:
“All these years later, people still wonder about the way he died.
I prefer to remember the way he lived.”
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