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Bruce Lee’s Death

I mentioned Bruce Lee in my last post.

My son (knowing that I am a huge Bruce Lee admirer) bought me the book “Bruce Lee: A Life” by Matthew Polly some time ago.

It’s a big book and I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read it yet.

I did however manage to read an article by Matthew on where he puts forward a new theory on the cause of Bruce’s death.

In relation to the official cause of death, the article states that “The autopsy had revealed the medical reason—cerebral edema (swelling of the brain)—but the coroner had no idea what had caused it”.

I the absence of an obvious cause, the government accepted a theory that the cause was a “severe allergic reaction to aspirin, or anaphylactic shock”.

Matthew Polly rejects this theory saying that “Lee was a hardcore martial artist who had taken aspirin most of his adult life without any side effects”.

He puts forward an alternative theory that Bruce died from heat stroke and associated this with the fact that “Several months before his death, Lee had an operation to remove the sweat glands from his armpits”.

It’s amazing that new theories about Bruce’s death are emerging 47 years after his death. But it’s a testament to the man (the legend) that people want to know.

Here’s an iconic picture of Bruce from Way of the Dragon:



Bruce Lee Watch from Casio

I mentioned my hero Bruce Lee in a recent post.

I mentioned Casio watches in a recent post.

This post brings those two topics together as it is about a Bruce Lee watch which has been released by Casio!

I wasn’t sure what I thought about this at first, but I have come to like the idea.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The watch has a black and yellow colour theme based on Lee’s iconic outfit from Game of Death
  • Bruce Lee’s signature, the Chinese character for his nickname “dragon,” appears at the 3 o’clock position on the dial
  • Bruce’s tenet of “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation” appears on the bezel and on the case in Chinese characters
  • The Jeet June Do symbol (based on Yin and Yang) also appears on the back
  • It’s designed to last with a titanium case and bezel (the bezel is also coated with diamond-like carbon to increase abrasion resistance) and the glass is sapphire crystal with non-reflective interior coating
  • It’s a solar-powered G-SHOCK with Bluetooth
  • It was released this year to celebrate a significant anniversary for Bruce (he would have been 80 on November 27th)
  • Only 300 were made (in Japan) and the RRP is $4,000

So if anyone is looking for something to buy me as a present…

This flashy video was made by Casio to promote the watch

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