Dan Inosanto

Bruce and me

It seems apt to write about Bruce Lee today – he died 38 years ago on 20th July 1973. Cause of death has been quoted as cerebral edema, a swelling of the brain possibly caused by an allergic reaction to a pain killer. As with many young people when they die it seemed incredible at the time. Bruce was 32, not the bloated figure Elvis became, or the drink fuelled deaths of Bon Scott, Mama Cass or John Bonham. Bruce Lee was the fittest man alive at the time, chiseled and at the height of his powers. His death caused a shock in 1973 and some people still find it hard to believe to this day.