Internationally renowned singer and songwriter Coco Lee – Mandarin voice of the title character in the Disney animated film mulan and hitmaker in three languages - died at the age of 48 in a Hong Kong hospital on Wednesday. His sisters Nancy and Carol Lee announced on social media that he died after a suicide attempt at his home on Sunday.
His sisters said Lee had been suffering from depression for some years and his condition had worsened in recent months.
Hong Kong born singer, who sang Was a huge star in Asia, in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She recorded 18 studio albums and became the first The Chinese-born performed at the Academy Awards in 2001 with a performance of “A Love Before Time”. This song is from the movie Ang Lee crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, received one Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song.
“In terms of the music business, there aren’t successful Asian artists and hopefully I’m able to change that,” Lee said during a red carpet interview.
“For the first one it is always difficult. But I believe with time we can do it.”
“A Love Before Time” was not her only film-related success. Lee sang the theme song “Reflection” for the Mandarin-language version. mulan, He also performed in the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere romantic comedy “Before I Fall in Love”. runaway Bride,
Lee became known internationally for her English language albums and singles, charting in both the US and Australia with its dance track “Do You Want My Love”. In 2001, Lee became the brand ambassador of Chanel.
“Her voice was very distinctive,” says concert promoter Terry Pan, who organized a concert for Lee at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles in 2009, and adds that Lee was particularly well known as an interpreter of R&B songs. I was strong. “Instantly, you know it’s Coco Lee.”
Born as Feren Lee, she moved to America with her sisters and mother during her childhood. She went to school in San Francisco and was crowned Miss Teen Chinatown in 1991.
“She came from our community. She was our Chinatown girl,” says Rose Chung, a former San Francisco beauty pageant winner who had known Lee since she was young. “We were all fans.”
Lee released her debut album in 1994, when she was 19, after placing high in a singing competition in Hong Kong.
in his last instagram postIn December 2022, Lee spoke openly about his struggles. “Sometimes life seemed unbearable, but I fearlessly adopted a ‘woman warrior’ attitude to face them, but always with the biggest smile and big laugh!”
About your sister’s health, Nancy Lee wrote: “Though Coco sought professional help and tried her best to fight the depression, sadly the demon inside her got the better of her.”
Her sister wrote that when the singer was taken to the hospital, she was in a coma and the team there could not save her.
Nancy Li wrote, “Coco is also known for working tirelessly to open up a new world for Chinese singers in the international music scene, and she was doing everything possible for Chinese singers to shine.” “We are proud of him!”