Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Coco Lee has died at the age of 48 after battling depression.
Lee’s sisters, Carol and Nancy, said in a Facebook/Instagram post that she had been suffering from depression for a few years, and her condition had deteriorated drastically in recent months. Despite seeking professional help, she was unable to overcome her demons and took her own life on July 2. Despite the best efforts of the hospital team to rescue her from her coma, she finally passed away on July 5, 2023.
Lee was born in Hong Kong in 1975 but moved to the United States with her family when she was 8 years old. She began her singing career in Hong Kong after high school and quickly became one of the most popular singers in Asia. She was known for her powerful vocals and her ability to sing in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
She sang the song “Before I Fall In Love” for the soundtrack of the movie “Runaway Bride,” and she performed the theme song “A Love Before Time” for the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” at the 2001 Academy Awards.
In addition to her singing career, Lee was also an actress and a television personality. She starred in several films and television shows and was the voice of the lead character in the Mandarin version of Disney’s Mulan.
Lee’s family said that she was a kind and gentle soul and that she will be deeply missed by her loved ones. They asked for privacy as they grieve her loss.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please reach out for help. There are many resources available, and you don’t have to go through this alone.
Here are some resources that can help:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- The Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/