Martial arts superstar Jet Li Lianjie has taken to Facebook to allay fears of his fans that he was in ill health after shocking recent photos revealed the extent of his hyperthyroidism and spinal problems.
The 55-year-old star of Lethal Weapon 4 andKiss of the Dragon broke his silence days after photos revealed a frail-looking Li while he visited a temple in Chengdu recently, and not in Tibet as widely reported.
Last week, Chinese netizens prayed for the action star’s health and news of his condition spread right across the English-speaking world, including the US, where he has millions of fans. Many expressed disbelief that they were seeing the same Beijing-born actor, who has appeared in dozens of action movies spanning four decades. Many hoped for Li to make a quick and complete recovery.
Li also took to the Chinese social media network Weibo to thank fans for their concern over a photo that made him look “80 years old”, adding that “someone” had offered him a magic potion to cure his ills and give him a long life.
Li had remained silent on the matter until Wednesday evening (Hong Kong time) when he published his first Facebook posting in three months, saying that he was “doing great” and “feeling great”. He also posted three photos of himself, one with a monk.
“I would like to thank all my fans who have expressed concern about my health. I’m doing great and feeling great!” Li said on his Facebook page.
“I’m excited to share with you a few projects I am working on in the near future. For now, thank you all for your concern!”
Within 30 minutes of posting his update, his fans responded with more than 10,000 likes. Many sent their best wishes and shared comments, and were happy that he appeared healthy – a far cry from his temple photos.
“Thank you for sharing this Mr Lee, your movies were a big part of my childhood and my heart sank when I read the news yesterday, hope you and your family are well,” Facebook user Michael Thomas said.
Another Facebook user, Renne Thomas, said; “Jet, I’m so glad you are doing great my precious brother from another mother! I watched your movie Heaven’s Ocean! OMG so so so beautifully done and outstanding acting on everyone’s part! I cried but cried good tears! Be well my brother and you and the family are always in my prayers! All Praises to the Heavenly Father for your life and healing.”
Another Jet Li fan, Tami Richardson, was delighted that he appeared healthy.
“I am just glad to know that you are out there doing the world some favours. It really needed it. Thanks for being the one. ”