Martial arts legend Bruce Lee was a secret drug user, explosive letters reveal
Martial arts legend Bruce Lee was a secret drug addict, letters have revealed.
Enter the Dragon movie star wrote over 40 notes to another actor about his spiraling habit before his untimely death.
Letters to Robert Baker show that he supplied Lee with drugs including cocaine, LSD, and cannabis from 1969 until the star’s death at the age of 32 in 1973. They were discovered in a flea market and will be auctioned off in the US for around £ 160,000.
While it has been whispered in Hollywood that Lee has a drug habit, the letters not only confirm it but reveal his addiction to them.
Baker, who died aged 52 in 1993, even took great risks shipping drugs from the United States to Lee while filming in Hong Kong. In 1972, Chinese-American Lee asked his Fist of Fury co-star to send him “a lot of cocaine.”
He explained that he was “stoned like hell”, but that a little coke could help him become the character for an upcoming movie role.
While filming Enter the Dragon in Hong Kong in 1973, his wife Linda wrote on his behalf apparently asking for drugs.
She added in a letter dated April 14: “Don’t worry if Bruce is using the C, he’s not exaggerating.”
A month later, Lee had a seizure and collapsed from swelling in the brain. He recovered but was found dead in his bed on July 20, 1973.
A spokesperson for Heritage Auctions in Dallas said: “Bruce Lee is the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, and these letters show he kept an explosive secret. .