Celebrated Singer Coco Lee Passes Away at 48 After Tragic Suicide Attempt

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Renowned Hong Kong-born American singer Coco Lee passed away at the age of 48 on Wednesday, following a tragic suicide attempt that resulted in a coma. The news was confirmed by Lee's sisters, Carol and Nancy Lee, through a statement posted on both Instagram and Facebook.

Lee, who had been residing in Hong Kong, breathed her last at Queen Mary Hospital. Despite Coco's efforts to seek professional assistance and combat depression, the statement revealed that she succumbed to the inner struggles she faced.

According to the statement, the incident occurred on July 2, when Lee took her own life at home and was subsequently rushed to the hospital. Despite the hospital's relentless efforts to revive and treat her coma, Coco Lee ultimately passed away on July 5, 2023.

Over the span of approximately three decades, Lee's career achieved great heights. One of her most notable contributions was her portrayal of the female warrior Mulan in the Mandarin-language version of Disney's "Mulan." Additionally, her rendition of the Oscar-nominated song "A Love Before Time" from the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" garnered significant acclaim.

Born in Hong Kong in 1975, Lee was the youngest of three children to a Cantonese mother from Hong Kong and a father of Malaysian descent. Sadly, Lee's father passed away before her birth, and at the age of 9, her mother relocated the family to San Francisco in the United States.

After completing high school in 1992, Lee received a recording contract offer from Capital Artists in Hong Kong. This pivotal opportunity prompted her departure from her studies at the University of California, Irvine, in order to focus on her music career.

In 1996, Lee signed with Sony Music Entertainment, and her self-titled debut album, "Coco Lee," became the best-selling album in Asia that year. This achievement propelled Lee's popularity, garnering her a devoted fan base in both Asia and the United States, and opening doors to collaborations and English-language songs.

Throughout her career, Lee recorded 18 studio albums and made appearances in three films, notably including Lee Xin's "Master of Everything" and Stanley Kwan's "No Tobacco."

In 2011, Lee tied the knot with Bruce Rockowitz, a Canadian businessman who formerly served as the CEO of Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based supply chain company. Bruce Rockowitz survives Coco Lee, along with her sisters and two stepdaughters.

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