CoCo Lee, a critically-acclaimed singer and songwriter from Hong Kong, has died today (July 5). She was 48.
This year marked the 30th anniversary of Lee’s music career. Lee notably voiced the titular role in the Mandarin-language version of Mulan.
According to Variety, the news of her passing was shared by her sisters Carol and Nancy on Instagram, where they wrote that “CoCo had been suffering from depression for a few years but her condition deteriorated drastically over the last few month.”
They continued, “Although, CoCo sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her. On 2 July, 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 her coma, she finally passed away on 5 July, 2023.”
Her sisters also wrote that they “are very grateful and honored to have such an excellent and outstanding sister,” while commending her for being “known to have worked tirelessly to open up a new world for Chinese singers in the international music scene.”
Her sisters ended their post with, “Although CoCo stays in the world for not long a time, her rays of light will last forever!”
Lee’s career began in Hong Kong, but made its way to the U.S when her hit song “Do You Want My Love” landed at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts in 2000. She also sang the song “A Love Before Time,” which was nominated for “Best Original Song” at the 2001 Oscars, in the 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon starring Michelle Yeoh. Her rendition also won the award for “Best Original Film Song” Hong Kong Film Awards in 2001.
Her music career included her releasing 18 studio albums, two live albums, and five compilation albums per Variety. She also appeared in movies and TV shows, such as the 2013 season of Chinese Idol and the 2015 season of China’s Dancing with the Stars.
According to the outlet, Lee had been married to Canadian businessman and the former CEO of Hong Kong supply chain company Li & Fung, Bruce Rockowitz, since 2011.
If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 988.