London: Among mysterious celebrity deaths, it is up there with JFK and Elvis. But the myth of Bruce Lee's demise in Hong Kong in 1973 may finally have been solved. ``The death of Bruce Lee, coming at such a young age and in the peak of physical fitness, has given rise to much speculation,'' said James Filkins, at Cook County medical examiner's office in Chicago. ``Almost as soon as Lee died rumours began to surface.'' The official cause of Lee's death was recorded in the autopsy report as cerebral oedema, or brain swelling. This was supposedly due to his hypersensitivity to a painkiller called equigesic that he had taken that day. But further research suggests the kung fu idol may have died from an epileptic condition first recognised more than 20 years after his death. The theories began on July 20 the day he died when he had been planning to meet his producer, Raymond Chow, and the Australian actor George Lazenby, of James Bond fame, to try to persuade Mr. Lazenby to appear in his new film, Game of Death. He never made it to dinner.
- Guardian Newspapers Limited 2006