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Hong Kong-American pop singer and songwriter CoCo Lee dies at 48

Pop singer-songwriter CoCo Lee has passed away today due to suicide from depression. She was 48.

CoCo Lee’s sisters, Carol and Nancy, took to Facebook to announce her death via the artist’s official Facebook page.


To all the fans and friends who adore CoCo:

With great sadness, we are here break the most devastating news: CoCo had been suffering from depression for a few years but her condition deteriorated drastically over the last few months. Although, CoCo sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her. On 2 July, she committed suicide at home and was sent to the hospital. Despite the best efforts of the hospital team to rescue and treat her from her coma, she finally passed away on 5 July, 2023.

2023 marks the 30th anniversary of CoCo’s singing career, in the past 29 years, she’s won countless international acclaims with top selling songs and has left audience w an astounding impression of her excellent live performances. CoCo is also known to have worked tirelessly to open up a new world for Chinese singers in the international music scene, and she went all out to shine for the Chinese. We are proud of her!

As a family of CoCo, we are very grateful and honored to have such an excellent and outstanding sister. We are thankful to God for giving us such a kind angel. We know now she has gone to a happier place and no longer suffers from depression; we trust God has her best interest looked after! Now, our greatest responsibility is to take good care of our elderly mother. I hope everyone will pray for this poor old lady & allow us time & privacy in healing.

Finally, we would like to thank the medical staff again for their dedication to care throughout the whole process. At the same time, we hope that everyone will not only miss CoCo, but also share her bright smile, treat people with sincerity, and convey kindness and love to everyone around us, and continue CoCo’s wish to let everyone around feel her love and happiness.

Although CoCo stays in the world for not long a time, her rays of light will last forever!

Carol & Nancy


Coco Lee
CoCo Lee in 2022. Photo via Lee’s official Facebook page.

CoCo Lee was known for being one of the first Chinese singers to make an impact on the international stage. Her album, “Coco Lee” became the best-selling album of 1996 in Asia. Around the turn of the millennium, Lee started collaborating with international artists and working on international projects, becoming part of the soundtrack of the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere rom-com flick “Runaway Bride” with her song “Before I Fall In Love,” and singing “A Love Before Time” for the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon starring Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh.

Rest in Peace, CoCo Lee.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Center for Mental Health hotline at 0917-899-USAP (8727); (02) 7-989-USAP; or 1553 (landline to landline, toll-free).

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