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.
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.
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.
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