Bruce Lee's legacy - Last words before passing at 32 and son's tragic fate

Ashley Bautista November 27, 2022
Bruce Lee's legacy - Last words before passing at 32 and son's tragic fate
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Bruce Jun Fan Lee (Lee Siu Loong), best known as Bruce Lee, became a cultural icon and the hero of many of those interested in martial arts. In his short life, Bruce Lee left an everlasting legacy that many still remember – especially his last words before his death.

Celebrating what would have been his 82nd birthday, The Focus dives into his life and his tragic last words. His eldest son, born eight years before he passed away, also lost his life at a very young age.

Bruce Lee is not only known for his influence on martial arts, but for representing and changing the way Asian actors were portrayed in American movies.

During his short life, the star had a major impact on the 20th century. Back then, many considered him a timeless icon whose influence is still strong today.

If you’re a fan of martial arts, chances are you’ve heard of its name, but what about Bruce Lee’s life and last words?

Inside Bruce Lee’s life – Legacy, last words and son’s death

Bruce Lee’s impactful last words before death

Bruce died at the young age of 32 on July 20, 1973. According to reports, the martial artist passed away from brain edema (swelling) due to an allergic reaction to pain medication he had been taking for a back injury.

According to various reports, Bruce Lee’s last words before his death were “don’t think, feel”. His fans who have been following him for a long time interpreted his message as a method of inspiration. To not overthink or analyze things, but to give importance to the moment and do what your gut instinct says.

His impactful words have resonated with longtime fans, as well as those who are following in his footsteps. In the 20th century, he was described to be a cultural icon.

Worldwide famous news magazine Time named him one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

Martial arts and culture icon

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At the age of 13, Bruce was introduced to Master Yip Man, a teacher of the Wing Chun style of kung-fu. After training for five years, he left Hong Kong and moved to Seattle, Washington.

Even though he was a child star back home, Bruce got his big break in Hollywood in 1964 thanks to celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring. Amazed at his talent for martial arts, he shot to fame by participating in movies in the 1970s such as Tang shan da Xiong (1971), Jing wu men (1972), and Enter the Dragon (1973).

His legacy has also gone as far as receiving three statues of himself in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Bosnia. The heights of the states range from his height of 168 cm to 2.5 meters.

The heartbreaking death of Bruce Lee’s son Brandon

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Bruce Lee’s eldest son, Brandon, whom he shared with Linda Lee Cadwell, also passed away at a young age. Brandon tragically died at just 28. He was four years younger than his father, Bruce, when he died.

Although many knew him through martial arts as well, Brandon gained recognition after being cast in his first major movie. The young star nabbed a main role in Alex Proyas’ movie The Crow, interpreting Eric Driven.

During the time of his death, Brandon was filming on the set of The Crow. In an unfortunate scene, a co-star fired a prop gun unknowing it contained a live bullet. Brandon was taken to the hospital and, despite medical efforts, Lee died during surgery.

The character was substituted using a stand-in, and the film was dedicated to the beloved actor.

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Ashley Bautista is an Audience Content Writer at GRV Media writing across different sites such as Reality Titbit, HITC, and The Focus. Always keen to learn about celebrity news and the entertainment world, she loves turning these into stories to share with the readers. Graduating from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) in Journalism in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, she found herself Keeping Up With The Kardashians more than anything else. Fun fact, it has turned into Ashley’s favourite topic to talk about these days - that and the members of BLACKPINK.