Coco Lee, a Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress, has died at the age of 48 from suicide, her siblings said on Wednesday (July 5).
Chinese-American star known for her hit song “A Love Before Time” from Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning martial arts film, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2001).
Lee has been living with depression for several years, sisters Carol and Nancy Lee said in a statement shared on social media.
“Although CoCo sought professional help and did her best to combat her depression, sadly her inner demon took over her,” the statement said.
Lee attempted to take her own life at home over the weekend and was taken to the hospital, her sister said.
She was in a coma before dying on Wednesday.
Lee, who moved to the United States at age 9 and attended school there, had a successful career in Asia as a pop singer in the 1990s and 2000s, and is known for her domestic vocals. power and live performances.
She was originally a Mandopop singer but has released albums in Cantonese and English throughout her nearly 30-year career.
She is the voice of the heroine Fa Mulan in Disney’s Mandarin version. Magnolia Flower and also sang the Mandarin version of the film’s theme song, “Reflection”.
In 2011, Lee married Bruce Rockowitz, a Canadian businessman and former chief executive officer of Hong Kong supply chain company Li & Fung.
While she has two stepdaughters from her marriage to Rockowitz, Lee has no children of her own.
“CoCo is also known for working tirelessly to open a new world for Chinese singers in the international music scene, and she has worked hard to shine for the Chinese people, ” her sisters wrote in their post.
“We are proud of her!”
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