The transcript below is from the video “CHUCK NORRIS ON WHY BRUCE LEE DIED” by CounterCultureMedia.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

Thank you very much.  Thank you!  It’s really a pleasure being here at Comic-Con today and I’m glad you enjoyed the movie.  But Bruce, who I’ve known about 10 years now…  In fact, the first time I met Bruce was in New York City about nine years ago when I was fighting.  In fact, I was fighting for the world title and that’s when Bruce was doing the Green Hornet series.  He came back there as a celebrity, as every guest.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

After I won the title, the promoter introduced me to Bruce and so we started talking about our philosophies in the martial arts and so forth.  Anyway, we both stayed at the same hotel, The Americana in New York and we started walking over to the hotel.  As we got going up the elevator, I remember Bruce was staying on the seventh floor and I was on the ninth.  As we got to his floor, we were really getting pretty involved into our conversation.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

So, instead of me going up, I stepped out into the hallway with him.  It’s like 11:00, 11:30 at night and we started working out in the hallway.  The next time I looked at my watch, it was seven o’clock the next morning and it was amazing because he had so much knowledge and as you know on the screen, ability.  That it seemed like an hour had gone by as far as working out and exchanging ideas.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

So, he said, “Well, when we get back to Los Angeles, why don’t we start working out together,” which we did when I got back.  We started training together and then the series was cancelled, and he went to Hong Kong to pursue a movie career.  When he went to Hong Kong, his first movie, the biggest grossing movie in Asia before Bruce went over there was The Sound of Music.  It grossed 2.4 million dollars, which again was the biggest movie ever grossed in the Orient.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

Bruce did the first movie called The Big Boss, which over here was the Fist of Fury and that one grossed 3.2 million which is $800,000 more than The Sound of Music.  Then he did the Fist of Fury, which over here was called The Chinese Connection and that one grossed $4.3 million.  Then, he called me up and he said he’d like to do a movie with a real good fight scene in the movie.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

I said, “Well, the only way we can have a fight scene is if I get to hit you once in awhile because…”  He said, “Well, yeah.  Naturally, we’d make it a back-and-forth type fight.”  So anyway, that fight scene that you saw took us five days to do.  In Asia alone, the movie grossed over $11 million.  It’s the biggest grossing movie in the history of Asia and they don’t think anything will surpass it for a long time.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

Then, Bruce naturally did Enter the Dragon, which was his last movie and it was probably the biggest grossing movie as far as martial arts movies go.  But Bruce, you know, was 32 years old.  Let me explain something about his death too because there’s I guess so many rumors that are going on about how he passed away and so forth like the “Touch of death” and drugs and so forth.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

So, I’d like to clarify that before we go on with the demonstration.  Bruce in 1968, well, he’s pretty into the weightlifting.  As you could tell, he was very well built.  He was lifting weights one night with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was a student of his when he was in Los Angeles at UCLA.  He tried to lift two heavy weights and he ruptured the disc in his back, and he was laid up in the hospital for three weeks.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

In fact, the doctor said that they didn’t know if he’d be able to walk again or not.  But of course, with a person like Bruce who got the drive and determination to achieve anything in life, he was up in about a month and within three months, he was as strong as he ever was.  But he had constant back pains and that day on, he was having to take medication to keep the muscles in the back loose and relaxed.

Chuck Norris (American martial artist, actor, film producer & screenwriter): 

So what happened is that when he was in Hong Kong preparing for his next movie, he was working with a girl named Betty and who was going to co-star with him.  He got a severe headache.  So, Betty gave him some antibiotics for the headache.  With the medication he had taken for his back and the medication he had taken for his headache, they reacted to each other and made his brain swell up and created an aneurysm or ruptured blood cells in his brain.  That’s actually what happened.  So, anyone ask you what happened, you can tell them the true story.




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