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Jet Li looks frail and unrecognizable amid health battle

By Admin / Published On Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:50 AM / No Comments / 34 views

Chinese superstar Jet Li looked far more advanced than his 55 years in a newly-surfaced fan photo recently taken at a Tibetan temple.

The Beijing-born, Singapore-based actor’s frail appearance is reportedly due to his health problems – including hyperthyroidism, a heart condition, and past leg/spine injuries from stunts.

Back in 2013, the retired Wushu champion admitted his doctor gave him a choice to ‘either continue making [action] films or spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair’ – according to THR.

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Devout Buddhist: Chinese superstar Jet Li (R) looked far more advanced than his 55 years in a newly-surfaced fan photo recently taken at a Tibetan temple

Devout Buddhist: Chinese superstar Jet Li (R) looked far more advanced than his 55 years in a newly-surfaced fan photo recently taken at a Tibetan temple

Worrying: The Beijing-born, Singapore-based actor's frail appearance is reportedly due to his health problems - including hyperthyroidism, a heart condition, and past leg/spine injuries from stunts

Worrying: The Beijing-born, Singapore-based actor’s frail appearance is reportedly due to his health problems – including hyperthyroidism, a heart condition, and past leg/spine injuries from stunts

‘I wish you happy holidays in the great year 2018!’ Jet (born Lǐ Liánjié) said in a December 21 video.

‘I really hope you and your family be healthy and happy. I will share more about my life in the near future. Thank you for all the support.’

Just five years earlier, Li fired a machine gun in a helicopter alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hand-to-hand combat expert Yin Yang in The Expendables 3. 

The One Foundation founder memorably played the late R&B songstress Aaliyah’s love interest in the 2000 flick Romeo Must Die, and then starred in her subsequent Try Again music video. 

Occupational hazard: Back in 2013, the retired Wushu champion admitted his doctor gave him a choice to 'either continue making [action] films or spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair' (pictured in 2016) 

Occupational hazard: Back in 2013, the retired Wushu champion admitted his doctor gave him a choice to ‘either continue making [action] films or spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair’ (pictured in 2016) 

'I will share more about my life in the near future': Jet's gradually changing appearance can be seen in these images dated December 2017 (L) and February 2017 (R)

'I will share more about my life in the near future': Jet's gradually changing appearance can be seen in these images dated December 2017 (L) and February 2017 (R)

‘I will share more about my life in the near future’: Jet’s gradually changing appearance can be seen in these images dated December 2017 (L) and February 2017 (R)

Legend: Just five years earlier, Li fired a machine gun in a helicopter alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hand-to-hand combat expert Yin Yang in The Expendables 3

Legend: Just five years earlier, Li fired a machine gun in a helicopter alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hand-to-hand combat expert Yin Yang in The Expendables 3

Leading man: The One Foundation founder memorably played the late R&B songstress Aaliyah's (R) love interest in the 2000 flick Romeo Must Die, and then starred in her subsequent Try Again music video

Leading man: The One Foundation founder memorably played the late R&B songstress Aaliyah’s (R) love interest in the 2000 flick Romeo Must Die, and then starred in her subsequent Try Again music video

Breakout: And the divorced father-of-four - now married to Nina Li Chi - made his American movie debut as the villain Wah Sing Ku in Lethal Weapon 4 opposite Mel Gibson (R) in 1998

Breakout: And the divorced father-of-four – now married to Nina Li Chi – made his American movie debut as the villain Wah Sing Ku in Lethal Weapon 4 opposite Mel Gibson (R) in 1998

And the divorced father-of-four – now married to Nina Li Chi – made his American movie debut as the villain Wah Sing Ku in Lethal Weapon 4 opposite Mel Gibson in 1998.

Jet – who survived the 2004 tsunami – will next host the reality competition King of Bots, which airs later this year in China.

Li will next play the Emperor of China in Disney’s live-action version of Mulan, which doesn’t hit UK/US theaters until March 27, 2020.

'Machine vs. Machine for some fun and entertainment': Jet - who survived the 2004 tsunami - will next host the reality competition King of Bots, which airs later this year in China

‘Machine vs. Machine for some fun and entertainment’: Jet – who survived the 2004 tsunami – will next host the reality competition King of Bots, which airs later this year in China

Reimagining: Li will next play the Emperor of China in Disney's live-action version of Mulan, which doesn't hit UK/US theaters until March 27, 2020

Reimagining: Li will next play the Emperor of China in Disney’s live-action version of Mulan, which doesn’t hit UK/US theaters until March 27, 2020

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