Hong Kong born American singer Coco Lee dies at 48

Hong Kong born American singer Coco Lee, died on Wednesday at the age of 48 after a heartbreaking suicide attempt that left her in a coma. Carol and Nancy Lee, Lee’s sisters, corroborated the information. At the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong, where she had been residing, Lee died away. The statement said that despite Coco’s efforts to get medical attention and deal with her melancholy, she sadly gave up due to the internal battles she waged.

The statement claims that on July 2, Coco committed suicide at home and was taken right away to the hospital. On July 5th, 2023, she passed away despite the hospital staff’s best attempts to cure and resuscitate her.

The youngest of three siblings, Coco was born in Hong Kong in 1975. Her father was Malaysian, while her mother was Cantonese from Hong Kong. Coco’s mother moved her and her sisters to San Francisco in the United States when she was nine years old. Tragically, her father died before she was ever born.

After graduating from high school in 1992, Coco Lee was offered a recording contract in Hong Kong with Capital Artists. This opportunity prompted her to put her studies at the University of California, Irvine on hold to pursue her music career.

She joined Sony Music Entertainment in 1996, and her self-titled first album, “Coco Lee,” quickly rose to the top of the sales charts in Asia. Due to her popularity, Coco was able to develop a devoted following in both Asia and the United States, which encouraged her to work with other musicians and produce English-language songs.

Coco Lee had a distinguished career that lasted for around three decades. One of her most illustrious contributions was giving the Mandarin voice for Mulan in the Disney animated picture “Mulan,” as well as singing the Oscar-nominated song “A Love Before Time” from the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Throughout her career, Coco recorded 18 studio albums and appeared in three films, notably including Lee Xin’s “Master of Everything” and Stanley Kwan’s “No Tobacco.”

In 2011, Coco Lee married Bruce Rockowitz, a Canadian businessman and former CEO of the Hong Kong supply chain company Li & Fung. He survives her, along with her sisters and two stepdaughters.

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