Everybody can calm their tits, Jet Li is FINE. Despite being photographed recently looking like the ghost of his former self, Jet Li’s manager says the 55-year-old Wushu master was basically just having a bad hair day. Jet was photographed at a temple looking like a straight up pepaw and the image was posted to Twitter, causing a lot of folks to start planning their Jet Li memorial gardens.
Here’s the photo:
So, apparently, Jet Li is suffering from "hyperthyroidism and spinal problems" and this is him now ❤️?: pic.twitter.com/Ss0W2EL96D
— simón (@StxNaty) May 19, 2018
That is dramatic, especially when you consider that Jet’s so well remembered as a baby faced lethal weapon. And, according to E!, Jet does in fact suffer from the debilitating disease.
In the past, the actor and producer has been open about his struggle with hyperthyroidism, a disorder that causes the production of too much thyroxine hormone and can greatly affect weight.
Here’s Jet looking from January. He definitely looks older than you’d expect, but a bald head and granny glasses will do that to a person.
E! also notes that Jet’s legs and spine are kind of jacked up from years of kicking asses. Fun Fact: Jet Li has kicked so much ass that all his shoes are covered in butt juice. Li’s manager says that despite his condition, he’s actually in great shape (via USA Today):
“We appreciate everyone’s concern. But Jet is completely fine,” says Chasman. “There’s nothing wrong with him. There’s no life-threatening illness. He’s in great shape.”
“It’s one picture and people are making these interpretations from it,” he says. “If you took a picture me at the wrong angle and wrong time of the day, I could look frail as well.”
I can’t really argue with that logic. I micromanage every instance of somebody trying to take my picture to avoid looking like Jabba The Hutt with an afro. I carry a little step ladder with me because I know a high angle is my friend. If somebody wants to take a selfie with me, they better have a go-go gadget telescoping arm and take that shit from outer space.
So please don’t start putting dirt on Jet’s grave just yet. Otherwise you’ll find yourself blinded by flying dirt and debris when he pinwheel kicks his way out.