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Who was Bruce Lee? 10 facts

Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong-American martial artist, actor, director, and philosopher, widely regarded as one of the most influential martial artists of all time.

Here are some lesser-known facts about him:

1. Lee was born on November 27, 1940, in San Francisco, California, but grew up in Hong Kong.

2. He was a child actor in Hong Kong and appeared in several films as a child.

3. Lee was a champion cha-cha dancer and won the Hong Kong schools cha-cha championship when he was 18 years old.

4. He developed a new martial arts style called Jeet Kune Do, which emphasized speed, efficiency, and simplicity.

5. Lee was a prolific writer and wrote several books on martial arts and philosophy, including “Tao of Jeet Kune Do” and “The Warrior Within.”

6. Bruce Lee's big break came when he was cast in the television series “The Green Hornet” in 1966. He played the role of Kato, a sidekick who was also a skilled martial artist. He was also a skilled martial arts instructor and trained several famous actors, including Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Chuck Norris.

7. In the early 1960s, Bruce Lee moved to the United States and began teaching martial arts in Seattle and later in Los Angeles. He attracted a following of students, many of whom went on to become famous martial artists in their own right. Lee was an accomplished actor and appeared in several films, including “The Big Boss,” “Fist of Fury,” and “Enter the Dragon.”

8. He died at the young age from cerebral edema, a swelling of the brain.

9. Lee was posthumously inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1976 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.

10. His legacy has had a profound impact on martial arts and popular culture, and he is still widely revered and celebrated today.


– Bruce Lee's exact cause of death is still a matter of controversy and speculation. He died on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32, just a few weeks before the release of his film “Enter the Dragon,” which would go on to become a classic of the martial arts genre.

– The official cause of death listed on his death certificate was “cerebral edema,” which is a swelling of the brain. The immediate cause of the cerebral edema was listed as “acute allergic reaction to equagesic,” which is a type of painkiller that Bruce Lee had taken for a headache.

– However, there have been many theories and rumors over the years that suggest other possible causes of Bruce Lee's death, including poisoning, foul play, or an undiagnosed medical condition. Some people believe that his death was the result of a conspiracy or cover-up.

– Despite the many rumors and theories, there is no conclusive evidence to support any alternative explanations for Bruce Lee's death, and the official cause of death remains acute cerebral edema caused by an allergic reaction to medication.

Bruce Lee statue: Foto: Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz