Jet Li
Actor Jet Li attends the 'The Sorcerer And The White Snake' premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 2, 2011 in Venice, ItalyGetty

Martial arts icon Jet Li has donated HK$5.8 million ( £597,000) to the family of tragic stuntman Kun Lui.

Liu was killed while performing on an inflatable boat on the Ognyanovo dam in Bulgaria on the set of The Expendables 2 in 2011. The Beijing native died from the injuries he sustained from a nearby explosion.

Following the 26-year-old's death, Nu Image/Millennium Films released a statement that read: "Our deepest condolences go to the family of Kun Liu. His passing is tragic. "

In 2012, Liu's parents Zong Yu Liu and Yan Mei Bai filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Millennium Films and the movie's stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski, seeking unspecified damages as well as funeral costs. They claimed that filmmakers "negligently and carelessly failed to provide adequate protection from harm to the participants of the stunts".

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, also claimed that his untimely death had robbed them of "love, comfort, attention, services and support" of their son.

According to Malaymail Online, the Romeo Must Die actor − worth an estimated $200m − gifted the sum after Lui's family were awarded HK$195,000 (£19,466) following a four-year court battle. Many fans thought that although the judge ruled in their favour, the sum they received devalued their son's life.

Although it is not known when he made the donation, Hong Kong entertainment sites report he had intended for it to remain private.

IBTimes UK has reached out to Li's representatives for comment.

Li was recently the victim of death hoax after a Facebook page announced his death, claiming he passed away in July. Back in 2013, the star was received treatment for an overactive thyroid.

His rep reassured fans hours later that the 54-year-old was alive and well. "He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimised by this hoax," the statement to AP read. "He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet."

Ju Kun
Hollywood stuntman Ju Kun, 35, was on his way back to Beijing to see his family. He had doubled for Jet Li in films such as The Expendables, The Forbidden Kingdom and Fearless. He was due to start work on Marco Polo, a new Netflix series created by John Fusco (pictured above with Ju Kun)