Bruce Lee’s unearthed letters suggest martial arts legend was secret drug user

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Unearthed letters have suggested that Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee was a secret drug user.

The Enter The Dragon star is believed to have written over 40 letters to a fellow actor about his spiralling drug use before his untimely death in 1973.

Lee’s marijuana use has been recently well documented, thanks to Matthew Polly’s 2018 biography on the martial arts icon that had him interview at least a hundred of his friends, family, and colleagues.

The star was said to have enjoyed smoking weed and ingesting hash because ‘it raises the consciousness level, but the new letters suggest the Martial Arts legend indulged in an array of ‘hard drugs’ too.

The unearthed letters addressed to Hollywood star Robert Baker suggest he supplied Lee with an array of drugs over a five-year span.

Unearthed letters have suggested that Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee was a secret drug user
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Narcotics such as cocaine, LSD, and cannabis were listed on the letters up until the star’s death in 1973.

The documents were discovered at a flea market and have since been auctioned in the US for around £160,000.

The collection includes over 50 letters between Bruce and his wife, Linda, and his fellow actor Robert.

The collection includes over 50 letters between Bruce and his wife, Linda, and his fellow actor Robert Baker
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Most of them were handwritten, and discussed various topics such as their developing friendship, plans for their film careers, and Lee’s back injuries.

They also contain numerous references to drugs, including marijuana as well as cocaine, and LSD.

The letters allegedly document different instances of Bruce trying Robert’s ‘holy stuff,’ and times where he spent days recovering from their nights out where he had ‘little recollection of what had happened.’

The letters contain numerous references to drugs, including marijuana as well as cocaine, and LSD
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The letters allegedly document different instances of Bruce trying Robert’s ‘holy stuff'
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One letter also alluded to a short-lived attempt at Bruce quitting his bad habits.

In 1970, the Martial Arts legend penned: “I told Linda to call you to forget about the ‘stuff’ because I really don’t need them in my training. I feel that I have ‘gained’ in trying them, but the excessive indulgence of them just isn’t in my road in Jeet Kune Do.”

The letter suggests that Robert even went to great lengths to ship drugs from the US to Bruce while he was filming in Hong Kong in 1972 – a year before his death.

The letter suggests that Robert even went to great lengths to ship drugs from the US to Bruce while he was filming in Hong Kong in 1972
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Bruce asked his Fist of Fury co-star to send him ‘a large amount of cocaine’.

The much-loved star revealed that he was ‘stoned as hell’ but insisted that some ‘coke’ could help him get into character for his latest movie role.

While filming in Honk Kong, Bruce’s wife appears to have written to Robert herself to request drugs for the star.

Bruce’s wife appears to have written to Robert herself to request drugs for the star
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In the letter, she reassured: “Don’t worry about Bruce using the C — he is not going overboard.”

Sadly, just one month later, Bruce suffered a seizure and collapsed from swelling on the brain.

Although he recovered, just a few weeks later, the Martial Arts legend was found dead in his bed on July 20, 1973.

Martial Arts legend was found dead in his bed on July 20, 1973
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A spokesman for Heritage Auctions in Dallas told The Sun : “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.”

The Mirror has contacted Bruce Lee’s estate and representatives for comment on this story.

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