Bruce Lee is most certainly one of the most charismatic and emblematic icons of the martial arts, and one who has been able to breathe new life into the ancestral art of Kung Fu. Thanks to him, this martial art has been extremely popularized and many young people have discovered a vocation by watching one of his wonderful films. Having become world–famous, the world had come to believe that Bruce Lee was definitely invincible, and surely immortal, or at least with nine lives like the cat he seemed to imitate in his many fights. It was therefore almost a planetary shock when the announcement of his death was pronounced publicly by the medical examiner, on July 20, 1973, from cerebral edema. However, this official version has long been decried, and many conspiracy theories have emerged. And if some of them are wacky and highly unlikely, others have the merit of digging deeper into Bruce’s life, to support the facts with real arguments. So, make yourself comfortable, because today we are going to discover the sad truth behind Bruce Lee’s tragic death! Let’s get started!
To try to shed light on the tragic end of one of the greatest fighters of modern times, we should first of all look back at his eventful life and his incredible destiny. Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940, in the Chinatown district of San Francisco in the United States, and as an ultimate omen, the year of birth of the man who would later be nicknamed the Little Dragon, corresponded to the year of the dragon in the Chinese calendar. His young parents gave him the name Lee Jun Fan, but the doctor who had given birth to him at the Chinese hospital in San Francisco would have decided, for reasons that are beyond reason, to give him the name Bruce, a Scandinavian first name far removed from his Asian origins. Although born in the United States, Bruce Lee will grow up in Hong Kong, his second homeland, and the cradle of his parents, and it is there that he will be initiated to martial arts. Having started practicing Tai chi chuan which he found too soft for his taste, little Bruce, then 13 years old, wanted to take it to the next level by initiating himself to Kung Fu Wushu, one of the most powerful and secret martial arts.
Curiously, Bruce Lee had no trouble finding a teacher, and not the least, since it was the legendary Ip Man himself who took him under his wing and taught him the basics of Wing Chun, an ancestral martial art originating in southern China and intended for close combat. Under the aegis of Ip Man, Bruce Lee will become a formidable bare–handed fighter but also an undisputed master in the handling of weapons, such as the famous nunchaku, which will later become his emblematic weapon. Thus, and before reaching the age of 19, Bruce will have learned thousand–year–old fighting techniques that gave him incredible strength and power, and which he did not hesitate to use in his many street fights.