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Brandon Lee’s Death: Everything To Know About Bruce Lee’s Son & His On-Set Accidental Death

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The on-set accidental shooting of Halyna Hutchins has resurfaced the painful memories of Brandon Lee, who was similarly killed while filming ‘The Crow’ in 1993. Here’s what you need to know.

When the world learned that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured after Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of Rust, one name sprung to the mind of many: Brandon Lee. The son of Bruce Lee died in an eerily similar fashion nearly thirty years before Halyna’s death, and his name began to trend on Twitter. This prompted Brandon’s family to issue a statement on Haylna’s passing. “Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on Rust,” tweeted the official Brandon Lee Twitter account, which is run by his sister, Shannon Lee (per CNN). “No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”

For those unaware of how Brandon’s promising career and young life was cut short, here’s what you need to know.

Brandon Lee Was An Up-And-Coming Actor

Brandon Lee (Lacy Atkins/AP/Shutterstock)

Brandon Bruce Lee, born on Feb. 1, 1965, was only 28 when he died. The son of Bruce Lee and Linda Lee Cadwell, Brandon grew up in California and followed in his father’s footsteps. Brandon’s first on-screen roles came in the late 1980s, appearing in the television film Kung Fu: The Movie and films Legacy of Rage and Laser Mission. In the early 1990s, his career began to gain traction. While his role in Showdown in Little Tokyo, where Brandon starred opposite Dolph Lundgren, failed to win over audiences and critics, it has become a cult classic. 1992’s Rapid Fire fared better, and Brandon began to show that he had the qualities to be a leading man in Hollywood. While filming Rapid Fire, he landed the part of Eric Draven, the lead role in the big-screen adaptation of James O’Barr’s underground comic, The Crow.

Brandon Lee Was Shot On The Set Of ‘The Crow’ 

It was 12:30 in the morning on March 31, 1993, day 50 of a 54-day shoot, when the unthinkable happened (h/t Washington Post.) Lee was filming a scene where his character, Eric, walks into his apartment while carrying a grocery bag and is shot several times. Michael Massee, the actor who played Funboy, was supposed to fire his .44-caliber revolver at Lee from a distance of about 15 feet, according to Entertainment Weekly’s story on the shooting. Brandon would then detonate a” squib” (a small explosive charge) in the grocery bag to simulate the rip-and-shred effect of the bullet.

J.B. Jones, the film’s special-effects coordinator, had years of experience with weapons on the TV series Miami Vice. Jeff Imada, the stunt coordinator, was also on hand. A crew of 75 to 100 people watched as Massee fired the gun. The squib detonated, and Brandon Lee fell to the ground. He didn’t get up, and that’s when everyone realized something was wrong.

The crew saw that Brandon Lee was bleeding profusely from the right side of his abdomen. He was quickly rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Doctors discovered a silver-dollar-sized entry wound in his stomach. Surgeons then spent five hours trying to repair extensive vascular and intestinal damage. They attempted to stem the bleeding. Brandon underwent transfusion of 60 pints of blood – the equivalent of an entire supply for five grown men. Despite the efforts of doctors, the internal hemorrhaging caused by the blood’s failure to clot couldn’t be stopped.

Brandon passed away at 1:04 pm EST.

How Did Brandon Lee Get Shot?

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Brandon Lee on The Crow. (Pressman/Most/Kobal/Shutterstock)

Doctors removed a .44-caliber bullet from Brandon’s body. How did this happen? There’s no indication that I see at all from the investigative report that anyone intentionally hurt Brandon,” said District Attorney Jerry Spivey in April 1993, per The New York Times. The investigation into Brandon’s death was nearly complete, and he deemed that the death was due to “negligence… Then there’s culpable negligence, that which shows a total disregard for human safety.”

Detectives investigated that the tip of a “dummy bullet” – a cartridge made without the gunpowder or primer, making them incapable of firing – was somehow lodged in the barrel of the prop gun. These “dummy bullets” are used for close-up scenes to make it look like the barrel holds real ammunition. After the close-up is finished, the “dummies” are replaced with blanks. The blank explodes, setting off a flash and burst of smoke, as if a real bullet was fired. It was deemed that a poorly made “dummy bullet” was used and that a tip came apart when the gun was used in an early scene.

When Michael Massee fired the gun with blanks, the explosion propelled the tip of the bullet. That tip struck Brandon and ultimately killed him.

Was Anyone Charged In Brandon’s Death?

“There’s a part of me that wants to file charges and have a trial,” District Attorney Spivey said in September 1993, per The New York Times. “But from a purely legal point of view, I would not feel comfortable, with the circumstances as I know them to be, charging Crowvision [the production company that made the movie] with negligent homicide. There is no evidence pointing to the kind of negligence the criminal law seeks to punish. The kind of negligence the law seeks to punish is the kind described as willful and wanton. You just can’t find that.”

Though no criminal charges were filed, Linda Lee Cadwell filed a civil suit against the studio. It was settled out of court, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“What happened to Brandon was a tragic accident. It’s something I’m going to live with … It took me the time it took to be able to not so much put it in perspective but to be able to move on with my life,” Michael Masse told Extra TV in 2005, per CNN (Masse died in 2016 at age 64). “It’s very personal. It’s something that I wanna make sure when I work that it’s never repeated. Therefore, I’m very conscious of things going awry on set.”

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“Why Are We Like This” Looks Back At 2021’s Top Trends From The World Wild Web

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Whew… Who else is happy to make it to 2022 in one piece? One thing’s for sure, we couldn’t have made it without our senses of humor! But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s have a look back and what we survived.

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Just when we thought we’d made it through 2020, 2021 came through with its own special level of absolute ridiculousness. Regardless, together as a culture, we have survived the madness with hella jokes, mad memes and the spirits of our funny a** ancestors. This is “Why Are We Like This.”

In the first part of “Why Are We Like This,” we explore the January 6th insurrection at the nation’s Capitol, Bernie Sanders’ inauguration look, Gorilla Glue Girl, the red flag trend, African-American urges, the rules of engagement for Spades, stacking in Uno games, cancel culture and more! We had tweets, memes, tiktoks, reels, lives, clubhouse rooms and more all about these topics and EVERYBODY had so much to say. Thank goodness too, because those jokes gave us all life!

Check out “Why Are We Like This” below:

Are you a spades player, an Uno player or none of the above? What was your favorite memory from the 2021 trends? Did you take part in the red flag tweets? Which red flag got the most laughs in your group chat? How about the African-American urges? Which African-American urges are strongest for you?

Has anyone checked on Gorilla Glue Girl in 2022? We have questions that need answers!

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Adam Rippon Married: Olympian Marries Jussi-Pekka Kajaala In Intimate NYE Ceremony

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The Olympic figure skater announced that he and his longtime partner tied the knot in a spur of the moment ceremony.

A belated congratulations to Adam Rippon and Jussi-Pekka Kajaala! The Olympic skater announced that he and his partner had gotten married on New Year’s Eve in a Wednesday January 19 Instagram post. Adam, 32, and JP, 34, posted a selfie together along with their dog, and they seemed incredibly happy to be newlyweds! The pair were all smiles in a selfie, taken in Los Angeles.

Both Adam and JP shared a pair of photos with JP holding up their dog, while the Olympic Bronze medalist gave his now-husband a kiss. Adam joked about how spur of the moment the pair’s wedding was in his comment. “One afternoon JP and I looked at each other and said the very classic *romantic* phrase of ‘let’s just go do it now.’ So we did. It was just the three of us and it was perfect,” he wrote in the caption. JP shared the same photos (plus a video of them in the car on the day of their wedding). He wrote that it the intimate ceremony was “Exactly what we wanted,” and mentioned that their dog Tony now has “two happy dads.”

JP and Adam announced that they wed in secret in a sweet Instagram post. (Shutterstock)

While it may have been an intimate ceremony without family nearby, Adam’s mom Kelly Rippon showed how much she loves her son and new son-in-law with sweet comments on both of their posts. “I am the luckiest mom in the world!” she wrote on Adam’s post. “It was the best way to start the new year! Still smiling.” 

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Adam and JP announced their engagement back in February 2021. (Shutterstock)

Adam and JP announced their engagement back in February 2021. Adam wrote that while the pair may not have gotten a lot of time to bond during 2020, the former Dancing With The Stars winner spent plenty of time with his now-husband when he went for an extended visit to Finland, where JP was building a cottage. “we bought ourselves some rings and said that magic word..’duh!’” he wrote at the time. After getting engaged early in 2021, it must have been a magical end to the year to get to say “I do” on New Year’s Eve.

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Psalm West, 2, Rides A Scooter While Playing In The Park With Big Sis Chicago, 4 – Photos

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Siblings stick together! Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s kids Psalm, 2, and Chicago, 4, looked adorable and happy playing together in the park in new photos.

Is there anything better than a day of play? New photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s children Psalm, 2, and Chicago, 4, show the sweet siblings laughing and playing together with their bodyguard on January 19. Psalm cruised comfortably on a scooter, sticking his tongue out with concentration as Chicago giggled chasing behind him. With a bodyguard nearby holding a helmet, the kids appeared to be having a fun and relaxing day out in Beverly Hills.

Psalm West, 2, cruised on a scooter during a day out at the park with big sister Chicago, 4, on Wednesday. (BACKGRID)

Always in style, the Kardashian-West kiddos each rocked tan Yeezy’s from their dad’s label. Psalm took a page out of his dad’s playbook wearing a cool and casual velour sweatshirt, while girly-girl Chicago wore bouncy pigtail braids and a matching pink sweatsuit.

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Chicago west looked cute and carefree in a matching pink outfit and white Yeezys as she chased her brother. (BACKGRID)

Last week, Psalm was also seen getting in quality time with his dad during an outing in LA. Fresh off a whirlwind weekend with new flame Julia Fox, Kanye spent time with Psalm and siblings North, 8, and Saint, 6, playing board games as a family at an LA hotel. Even amidst their parent’s ongoing drama, the kids have spent quality time with both Mom and Dad. Kim, (who has been dating Pete Davidson, 28) shared sweet photos of the family– without Kanye– looking glamorous at a small Christmas Eve celebration in December, as well.

Chicago recently celebrated her 4th birthday with a special party, where Kanye helped his daughter take a hit at a unicorn-shaped piñata. Kanye alleged that Kim originally hid the address of the birthday party from him, which he claimed was her way of keeping him from his children. But after Travis Scott reportedly shared the address with Kanye, the father-daughter pair seemed happy and relaxed celebrating her birthday together.

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