Hong Kong-born American singer, Coco Lee dies at 48 on Wednesday following a suicide attempt that left her in a coma. The incident was reported by her two sisters, Carol and Nancy Lee, in a statement they posted on Instagram and Facebook.
Lee died in Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong, where she has been living.
”Although Coco sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her”, the statement reads.
“On July 2, 2023, she committed suicide at home and was sent to the hospital. Despite the best efforts of the hospital team to rescue and treat her from coma, she finally passed away on 5 July, 2023”, the statement reads.
Lee’s career spanned around 30 years. Among her most notable performances were voicing of the female warrior Mulan in the Mandarin language version of Disney’s “Mulan” and performing the Oscar-nominated song “A Love Before Time” from the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.
She was born in Hong Kong in 1975 and was the youngest out of three children of a Hong Kong Cantonese mother and a Malaysian father.
Lee was hugely popular in China and Taiwan, especially in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and her death prompted an outpouring of grief.
One of the most read hashtags on her death generated 200 million readings on China’s Twitter- like Weibo microblogging site.
After graduating high school in 1992, she was offered a recording contract in Hong Kong with Capital Artists, eventually leading to her to depart from her studies at the University of California, Irvine to focus on her music career.
In 1996, Lee signed with Sony Music Entertainment and her debut album, “Coco Lee”, became the best selling album that year in Asia.
It wasn’t long before she gained fans both in Asia and the United States, which began her path to new collaborations and English-language songs.
In 2011, Lee married Bruce Rockowitz, a Canadian businessman who is formerly the CEO of the Hong Kong supply chain company Li & Fung. He survives her, as do her sisters and two step daughters.
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