Coco Lee Passed Away

Singer Coco Lee dies by suicide at the age of 48

Coco Lee Passed Away

Coco Lee Passed Away: CoCo Lee, a Hong Kong-born pop singer known for her successful international music career and performing at the Oscars, died Wednesday, according to her family.

Her sisters, Nancy and Carol, announced Lee’s death in an Instagram post detailing the singer’s multiyear struggle with her mental health. “With great sadness, we are here (to) break the most devastating news: CoCo had been suffering from depression for a few years but her condition deteriorated drastically over the last few months,” her elder sisters Carol and Nancy Lee wrote on Instagram on Wednesday night.

“Although CoCo sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her.”

They added that she committed suicide at home on Sunday and was taken to hospital.

“Despite the best efforts of the hospital team to rescue and treat her from her coma, she finally passed away on July 5, 2023.”

Lee was hospitalized after an attempted suicide Sunday, according to the family. Upon arriving at the hospital, medical workers tried to revive Lee from a coma without success, the family stated. She was 48.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Lee’s singing career, her sisters said.

She released her debut album in 1994, and garnered critical acclaim for her work, selling millions of albums in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Lee also voiced the lead character in the Mandarin version of Disney’s 1998 animated film “Mulan.”

In a video published this year by China Daily Hong Kong, Lee said she believed in breaking barriers, something she acknowledged wasn’t easy.

“But at least I was brave enough to do it,” she said. “Because once somebody does it, then other Asians, other Chinese artists who realize, ‘Hey we’ve got a chance. Why don’t we do this? CoCo did it. We should do this. We should think big. Go for the whole entire world. Let the world know our talent.’ This is the most important thing to me. Change history, change music history forever.”

The Hong Kong-born star lived in the United States as a child and broke into the music scene in Hong Kong and Taiwan in the 1990s.

She went on to sell tens of millions of Chinese and English albums.

In 2001, she became the first and only Chinese star to perform at the Oscars, singing A Love Before Time from Ang Lee’s award-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

She married Canadian billionaire Bruce Rockowitz in a star-studded multi-million-dollar reception in Hong Kong in October 2011.

In March this year, she posted on social media about having to learn to walk again after going through a major leg surgery, also disclosing that she was born with a defect in her left leg.

“CoCo is also known to have worked tirelessly to open up a new world for Chinese singers in the international music scene, and she went all out to shine for the Chinese. We are proud of her!” they added.

“Although CoCo stays in the world for not long a time, her rays of light will last forever!”

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