Coco Lee, the talented voice behind the Mandarin version of Disney's beloved film Mulan, passed away at the age of 48 on Wednesday, July 5, following a suicide attempt.
In an emotional Instagram post, Coco Lee's sister, Nancy, revealed that Coco Lee had attempted suicide at her home on July 2. She was swiftly rushed to Queen Mary Hospital, where she ultimately took her last breath.
Despite the dedicated efforts of medical professionals, Coco Lee remained in a coma, and her condition continued to deteriorate, leading to her untimely passing on July 5.
In recent months, Coco Lee had been battling depression and sought professional help. Sadly, her condition worsened, leading her to take this harsh step.
Born Ferren "Coco" Lee on January 17, 1975, in Hong Kong, Coco Lee held American citizenship. She gained international recognition with her hit track "Do You Want My Love," which reached the top 50 on both the US Billboard Dance Club Play chart and the Australian Singles Chart.
Remembering & celebrating her life. #CocoLee Thank you for being the soundtrack to my childhood. Your songs played in the back of some beautiful memories. The way your songs were some of the first songs I tried to sing on a karaoke machine... Thank you. 💕✨️ RIP QUEEN 💔 pic.twitter.com/iOs3z3WF4y— 🌙👑 RIP COCO LEE (@xiaoyoncespears) July 6, 2023
Her extraordinary talent and widespread appeal earned her a remarkable opportunity to perform "A Love Before Time" from the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at the 73rd Academy Awards on March 25, 2001. This groundbreaking performance made Coco Lee the first-ever Chinese American artist to showcase her talents on the esteemed Academy Awards stage.
In addition to her musical accomplishments, Coco Lee made history as the inaugural Chinese ambassador for the renowned fashion brand Chanel.
On October 27, 2011, Coco Lee tied the knot with Canadian Bruce Rockowitz in Hong Kong. She became a loving stepmother to two adult step-daughters from her husband's previous marriage.
Earlier this year, Coco Lee released her song "Tragic" on Valentine's Day, sparking rumors of marital issues with her husband. However, she never addressed these rumors publicly.
The Hong Kong media network, East, has announced that Coco Lee's funeral will be held in a Buddhist ceremony. Further details regarding the ceremony have not been disclosed.
Fans around the world are deeply saddened by the news of Coco Lee's passing. They are sharing cherished memories of how Coco Lee and her songs played a significant role in their lives.