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Did A Family Curse Cause The Untimely Death Of Bruce Lee And His Son Brandon?

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  • Both Deaths Were Surrounded By Controversy

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    Both Bruce and Brandon Lee's deaths raised questions. For Bruce, it was a question of how a simple muscle relaxant could kill a man in such good shape. Why was he alone at the time of death? Why didn't they take him to the hospital right away?

    Brandon's death was mystifying as well. How was the prop gun incorrectly loaded? Who handled it when? Why did the doctor in charge of the autopsy sign off on it if he didn't perform it? Where is the footage of the shooting? That last question, at least, seems to have an answer. The police may have confiscated the footage to investigate the incident. Other reports say the film was destroyed out of respect to Brandon's family, or due to the settlement with them.

    Nevertheless, the lingering confusion over both tragedies has convinced plenty of fans that dark supernatural forces were at play.

  • Bruce Lee's Brother Died Before Him

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    Bruce Lee wasn't the first victim of the rumored curse. His parents Lee Hoi-chuen and Grace Ho had three other children, including a son. That son died before Bruce was born. The cause of his death is unknown.

  • Bruce Lee's Parents Believed Spirits Were After Him

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    The Lee family was very spiritual and superstitious, especially after the death of Bruce's brother. Although Bruce was born in the year and hour of the dragon, a very fortuitous sign, his parents insisted on calling him "Little Phoenix" for much of his youth - a girl's name.

    Why? According to tradition, avoiding calling the boy by a male name would prevent evil spirits from stealing his soul.

  • The Curse Only Targets Men

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    If Bruce Lee's family is cursed, why is his daughter Shannon still alive? Supposedly, the dark forces only target the men in the family.