Has Chinese actor Jet Li’s health deteriorated in recent years?
Recent photos circulating on China’s social media platforms purportedly of the 55-year-old Beijing-born action star have fuelled speculation that Li is in poor health.
The photo allegedly showed Lee, who became a Singapore citizen in 2009, with an unidentified man assisting him while visiting a temple in Tibet.
On Weibo, many Chinese netizens were taken aback by the frail appearance of the actor, and expressed hopes for his health to improve.
Years later, in a 2016 interview with The Straits Times, Li said that media reports of his health were greatly exaggerated.
He added that he had recovered from hyperthyroidism, and added: “There is nothing to worry about my health.”
However, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday (May 19) that Li said last year that even though he has been taking medication to keep his overactive thyroid in check, the condition “kept coming back”.
Recently, Li appeared in a 20-minute short film called Gong Shou Dao, or the Art of Attack and Defence, with Alibaba founder and martial arts fan Jack Ma. Fellow martial arts specialists Donnie Yen, Wu Jing and Thailand’s Tony Jaa also made cameo appearances.
Last month, it was reported that Li was in final talks to take on the role of the emperor of China in Disney’s upcoming live-action version of Mulan, together with Chinese star Gong Li.