Aaliyah’s Beloved Co-Star Jet Li Looks Unrecognizable Amid Health Problems

Posted On : 05/22/2018

Can you believe it’s been 18 years since Romeo Must Die was released?

A newly surfaced photo of lead actor Jet Li shows him looking far older than his 55 years.

A fan posted a photo on Twitter taken with the star at a Tibetan temple.

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

Jet Li Was Given A Sad Ultimatum By His Doctor

According to THR, the actor’s doctor gave him a choice to ‘either continue making [action] films or spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair.’

It’s hard to believe just 5 years ago Li fired a machine gun in a helicopter, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, as combat expert Yin Yang in The Expendables 3. 

Damn, jet li looks so frail. Suffering with a heart, thyroid and back problems…. Yes the jet li!! 💔 #jetli #martialarts #theexpendables #lethalweapon4

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Li Is A Father Of Four

Li memorably played late R&B icon’s Aaliyah’s love interest in the 2000 flick Romeo Must Die, he then starred in her Try Again music video.

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.

Li Still Misses Aaliyah

In 2006, Li filmed the movie Rogue in Vancouver – the same city where he filmed Romeo Must Die.

“I have some memories of this very beautiful city … but it still makes me think about Aaliyah,” movie news Web site Ign.com quoted him as saying. “She was such a talented girl and some locations when you pass by every day, you still think about her.”

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