Martial Arts superstar and action movie star Jet Li recently visited a Temple in Tibet and the picture of him looking old and frail has fans concerned.
Jet Li is famous for roles in several martial arts movies and mainstream Hollywood movies including Lethal Weapon 4, The Expendables 2 and Romeo Must Die. The story regarding Li’s rapidly aging and frail appearance was first reported on by the South China Morning Post.
Li revealed in 2013 that he suffered from hyperthyroidism and many have speculated that this is why he is no longer making movies. This has been refuted by Li as he has stated that his focus has been on charity work. Some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are heart racing, hand tremors, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, thinning of the skin, fine brittle hair, and muscular weakness. Looking at the picture it seems that a few of these symptoms might be the reason for his current appearance.
For those not familiar with Jet Li’s martial arts career he is a Wushu practitioner and was part of China’s National Wushu team. He had great success as a Wushu practitioner which led to opportunities to be in movies in China. He eventually he brought his talents to the United States where he appeared in Hollywood films such as Lethal Weapon 4, Romeo Must Die, The One, Cradle 2 the Grave and many more. At one point Li was a top name when it came to action movies because of his ability to perform his own stunts and martial arts background. He turned down roles in blockbuster movies such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and the Matrix.
The photo of Li’s current appearance is unbelievable considering he is only 55 years old. He seems like someone north of 70 in the picture. Previous images have appeared of Li sporting a bald head, but his face did not seem as old. One thing that could make his appearance seem older is that he has white hair on the sides of his head. What is concerning are other reports about the appearance. Although not pictured it is also stated in the story by the South China Morning Post that Li needed assistance getting around. Being a long time fan of Jet Li’s I really hope that is not the case.
Hopefully, this is something that was blown out of proportion and Li is still able to come back to the movie industry and entertain us all in the future. Until then here is hoping that everything is okay with him.