Bruce Lee fans pay tribute to his 50th anniversary of his untimely death

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Hong Kong - February 9, 2015: Bruce Lee statue in Avenue of Stars. In the distance is Victoria Harbour. Located in the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong.

A stream of fans of the late martial arts phenomenon Bruce Lee gathered this week at Victoria Harbour where his statue is found so they can pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of his untimely death.

Pictures were taken, others bowed, and some laid down flowers.

Some were seen performing Lee’s own style of kung fu “Jeet Kune Do” and threw “nunchucks,” a weapon popularized by Lee in several of his films.

Visitors ranged from mainland China, other parts of Asia, and from Europe.

Born in San Francisco, California. Lee grew up in Hong Kong.

By 13, he started taking Chinese kung fu. He returned to the United States in 1959 and studied philosophy at the University of Washington.

He was famous for his martial arts skills and was known for fighting against racist portrayals of Asians both on and off the screen in the 1960s and 1970s.

Back then, the US entertainment industry portrayed Asian men as servants, unskilled workers or evil geniuses.

Lee returned to Hong Kong and took part in films like “The Big Boss,” “First of Fury” and his last film, “Enter the Dragon.”

Lee was one of the first Asian actors to reach Hollywood megastardom and triggered a kung fu craze across the world.

A camp was organized by a government-run museum where students can learn about Jeet Kune do, the martial arts that were created and practiced.

Films were also shown.

Lee died at 32 due to an allergic reaction after taking painkillers.