Bruce Lee, the famous martial artist and actor, suddenly passed away in 1973; at the age of 32 and at the peak of his fame.
For years to come, the cause of Lee’s death was thought to have been cerebral edema – or swelling of the brain… However, a recent study seems to show that he might have died because he drank too much water.
Namely, the study which was published in March this year, suggests that Bruce Lee might have died because of hyponatremia; the condition where the body’s sodium levels are extremely low.
Here’s what the study abstract reads:
We propose that the kidney’s inability to excrete excess water killed Bruce Lee.
In this regard, Lee had multiple risk factors for hyponatremia that may have included high chronic fluid intake.
The researchers went on to explain what the other risk factors are for hyponatremia:
Factors that acutely increase thirst (marijuana) and factors that decrease the ability of the kidneys to excrete water by either promoting secretion of antidiuretic hormone (ADH) or interfering with water excretion mechanisms in kidney tubules: prescription drugs (diuretics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, antiepileptic drugs), alcohol, chronic low solute intake, a past history of acute kidney injury and exercise.