#29 Brandon Lee
Born: February 1st, 1965
Died: March 31st, 1993
Age at death: 28
Cause of death: Gunshot wound
Brandon Lee, the only son of Bruce Lee, died of a gunshot wound he got while filming for the 2004 superhero movie The Crow. Early in the morning of March 31st, the cast and crew were shooting a scene at Carolco Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Lee’s character was shot and killed by thugs. As Lee entered a room, another actor shot him from a distance of 15-20 feet.
The gun was supposed to have been loaded with blanks, but police later found that a .44 bullet entered Lee’s abdomen and lodged in his spine, fatally wounding him. He died in the hospital hours later of internal injuries, blood loss, and heart failure. A month after, North Carolina District Attorney Jerry Spivey announced that Lee’s death was due to negligence on the part of the film’s crew, not foul play.
Lee made his screen debut opposite David Carradine in the TV film Kung Fu: The Movie in 1986. In the same year, he starred in his first leading role in the Hong Kong action film Legacy of Rage. Lee’s first American theatrical release was the 1991 Warner Bros. buddy cop action film Showdown in Little Tokyo, which was followed by a leading role in the 1992 20th Century Fox-produced action film Rapid Fire.