Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Coco Lee has died after battling depression

At the age of 48, singer Coco Lee passed away. She was a pop star in Asia during the 1990s and 2000s.Lee, who was born in Hong Kong and later immigrated to the US as a child, has albums in both Mandarin and English.

She also performed a song from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s soundtrack at the 2001 Oscars in addition to providing the voice for Mulan, the main character in the Mandarin version of Disney’s blockbuster Mulan.

Since attempting suicide over the weekend, according to her sisters, she has been in a coma. Lee had been dealing with depression for a while, according to Carol and Nancy, Lee’s older sisters, in a Facebook post.

She attempted suicide at home on Sunday and was taken to the hospital, where she passed away on Wednesday, according to what they reported. Lee’s two Mandarin albums helped him gain notoriety in the Mandopop movement in 1994. She published a third Mandarin album and an English-language record within the next year.

Lee’s sisters wrote: “In the past 29 years, she not only made us happy with her songs and dances, she also worked hard to pave the way for Chinese singers in the international music scene and has been doing her hardest to shine for the Chinese.

Her song Before I Fall in Love is on the soundtrack to the 1999 Hollywood movie Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. She also recorded the Mandarin version of the Mulan theme song, Reflection.

She judged TV talent competitions including Chinese Idol and performed in a Michael Jackson & Friends benefit event in South Korea in 1999. On New Year’s Eve last year, Lee wrote on Instagram that she had “faced major life-changing hurdles” and that 2022 would be “incredibly difficult.”

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Tragic, her newest song, was published on February 14 of this year. She revealed on Facebook in March that she had undergone pelvic and thigh surgery as a result of reinjuring an old leg during a dancing practise in late 2017.

Lee wed Bruce Rockowitz in 2011, the former CEO of the Hong Kong-based supply chain behemoth Li & Fung. He has two daughters with them from a previous union. About three years ago, there were rumours that they had broken up, but Lee never addressed them.

The sisters of Lee said on Wednesday: “In addition to remembering Coco, I hope that you will share her trademark bright smile, honesty, and kindness with everyone around you, and continue Coco’s wish that all those around her will feel her love and joy.”

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