Before the tragic day of Bruce Lee’s death, the actor had some troubling discovery come up.
Namely, just two months before, on the 10th of May, while working on “Enter the Dragon,” Bruce collapsed during one of the automated dialogue replacement sessions and was quickly taken into the hospital.
He suffered multiple seizures and terrible headaches.
The medical professionals who were taking care of him determined it to be cerebral edema.
It causes the excess fluid located in the brain to swell, resulting in pain.
Fortunately, the doctors were able to treat him using mannitol, and eventually, Lee was discharged due to feeling much better.
He reportedly still had occasional headaches after his release.
However, Bruce Lee quickly returned to his usual routine of training and a particular diet, consisting of fish, rice, vegetables, and milk.
He was not taking in any refined sugars or baked goods to keep in his top shape.
This lasted until the fateful day on the 20th of July.
The Day Of Death
On the 20th of July, Lee’s schedule was fairly packed.
He was in Hong Kong at the time, having a meeting with the producer of his upcoming movie, Raymond Chow, at around 2 pm.
Despite it being a very hot day, Lee was reported to spend a lot of the time acting very bubbly and acting out various scenes from the movie, enthusiastic about the release of “Game of Death.”
After the meeting, he has returned to his apartment with Betty Ting Pei, a Taiwanese actress and Bruce Lee’s colleague, who was also rumored to be his mistress.
After making plans with the producer to talk the rest of the details over dinner later this evening, Lee suffered from yet another headache.
In response to this, Pei gave him an “Equagesic” painkiller, which contained both aspirin and a tranquilizing substance named meprobamate.
Lee went to lie down after he took the medication.
This was the start of the end.
After not showing up for dinner, both Pei and later on, Chow attempted to wake Lee up to no avail.
They called a doctor; however, after trying to resuscitate him for around ten minutes, he was also not successful.
Lee was taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance, but before they reached their destination – Lee was pronounced dead at just 32 years of age.