The tragic death of Brandon Lee shocked the world. However, Lee always had the feeling he would die young. In 2014, his former girlfriend, Shannon Colleary, revealed that he once said that “I’m going to die young. Younger than my dad did” (via Medium).
Sadly, Lee was not wrong. He died when he was 28 old, four years younger than his father had died. Lee was 8 when he lost his father, and he would never get over it. Colleary says that 16 years after his death, the actor still had a VHS tape of his father’s funeral in Hong Kong and watching it made him feel vulnerable.
Lee also shared his fears with his friends. In 1992, one year before his death, Lee said something similar to Brad Pitt. “A real, you know, drunk and stony night, and he proceeded that night to tell me how he thought he was going to die young like his dad. And I just chalked it up to, you know, stony 6 a.m. talk. Then he got ‘The Crow’ the next year,” Pitt said during an interview with Esquire.
According to “Celebrity Ghosts and Notorious Hauntings,” by Marie D. Jones, Lee had an explanation for his fears. The actor believed his entire family was cursed due to bad business deals his grandfather had in the past.