Is that Jet Li spotted in Tibet? Viral photos spark rumors of his failing health

Images from the Straits Times via Twitter
  • Jet Li has been spotted in Tibet visiting a temple
  • The international action superstar was hardly recognizable and appears older
  • Li has been suffering from hyperthyroidism which caused concern among his legion of fans

Fans of international action superstar Jet Li have expressed concern over his supposed deteriorating health after photos of him while in Tibet was circulated on Chinese social media recently.

The viral photos were indeed showing Jet Li hardly recognizable from his youthful looks which endeared him to millions of fans around the world; besides, of course, his lightning-quick martial arts and acrobatic moves.

The pictures were supposedly taken in Tibet recently. It showed the 55-year-old actor being assisted by another man while on a visit to a temple.

Li has yet to respond to the rumors, but worried fans were quick to speculate about his poor health.

According to The Straits Times, Li was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2010. The disease caused the actor’s fluctuating weight and he was advised by doctors against exercising.

The actor subsequently assured the public he was doing well and has since recovered from hyperthyroidism.

 “There is nothing to worry about my health,” he was quoted as telling the Straits Times in a 2016 interview.

On Monday, his manager, Steven Chasman, released a statement to the Washington Post to quash the rumors on Li’s failing health; saying it was just “a bad photo of a 55-year-old man”.

“He has hyperthyroidism that he’s been dealing with for almost 10 years. It’s nothing life-threatening and he’s dealing with it,” said Chasman.

Despite this, Li’s fan were “praying for his health” after the photos in question went viral on social media.

Li’s latest outing was in “Gong Shao Dou” (Art of Attack and Defense), a 20-minute short film where he appeared with Alibaba founder Jack Ma. The film also featured fellow actors and martial arts enthusiasts Donnie Yen, Wu Jing and Tony Jaa in cameo roles.