1. Title:  Bruce Lee Killed by Heatstroke: Book by Matthew Polly
2. Review:

Bruce Lee: A Life book is fascinating reading for Bruce Lee fans. Author Polly’s claim that Bruce Lee died of heatstroke after sweat glands were surgically removed from armpits is shockingly new but believable unlike many crazy conspiracy theories out there.

We learn that Lee’s mother, Grace Ho Oi-yee, grew up in one of Hong Kong’s richest families, but became smitten with Li Hoi-chuen, a Cantonese opera singer and film actor. Ho accepted being disinherited so that she and Li could marry.

To his family’s distress, he was no academic, spending his school days fighting with British boys in the colony.

Thanks to his father’s connections, Lee started appearing in films as a youngster, generally playing a troublemaker. He also put together a gang of young toughsand was expelled from high school after threatening his physical education teacher with a knife and forcing a boy to drop his trousers and painting his private parts red.

Young Lee had a clear dislike of authority, yet Polly suggests he thrived in Seattle. He stayed on in the city and was accepted into the University of Washington to study drama, although he pursued his own interests (particularly philo­sophy, both Western and Eastern, and physical classes such as judo, gymnastics and dance) at the expense of grades.
Lee went on to open a chain of kung fu training gyms, meeting Hollywood players such as Steve McQueen, who trained under him and eventually helped lead him to stardom.
While much of this is widely known, Polly’s biography puts forward a new theory about Lee’s death, arguing that due to overwork, the actor had lost 15 per cent of his body weight in his final two months, and was down to 54kg. On May 10, Polly writes, Lee collapsed in Hong Kong while dubbing Enter the Dragon with the air-condition­ing turned off to prevent it affecting the recording.
Then, on July 20th 1973, at the Kowloon Tong apartment of his mistress, Taiwanese actress Betty Ting Pei, he complained of a headache. He smoked some marijuana, took the Equagesic painkiller (a combination of aspirin and tranquilliser mepro­bamate) and laid down for a nap at about 7.45pm.
At 9.30pm, Ting was unable to revive Lee. The actor could not be found dead in his mistress’ flat, so he was dressed, a doctor was summoned and an ambulance called, and Lee was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Yau Ma Tei. Over two hours, multiple physicians and paramedics went through the charade of trying to revive a man who had clearly passed away: no one wanted to be respon­sible for declaring Hong Kong’s most famous son dead.

Not surprisingly, conspir­acy theories followed, even after the autopsy. His death was variously attributed to the mari­juana or the painkiller. There is, however, no record of anyone ever having overdosed on cannabis and, while people do have allergic reactions to aspirin, Ting said that Lee had taken Equagesic before.

Polly’s contention is that Lee was killed by heatstroke. The symptoms that the actor presented on his first collapse – weakness, sweating, high temperature, vomiting, convul­sions, loss of consciousness – are consistent with the condi­tion. Lee had also had sweat glands removed from his armpits a few months earlier (thinking that dripping sweat would look bad on screen), so his ability to dissipate heat would have been significantly diminished.

Although highly readable, Bruce Lee: A Life has dips in quality. 

And to read more about Lee’s famous friends would have been fun, as well as his many escapades: Lee had affairs, loved fast cars and over­spent (although he also wisely invested in insurance policies).

These, though, are minor issues. Bruce Lee: A Life is ultimately engaging, enthusiastic and empathetic.

3. Rating:  #RobertChaenReview (Book): 8.5 | 10

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Published:  13th October 2018.



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