Famous Hong Kong singer-songwriter Coco Lee died by suicide on Wednesday. Her sisters confirmed her death on social media.

Lee’s sisters Carol and Nancy revealed in a Facebook post that Coco had attempted suicide at home on Sunday. Coco had been diagnosed with depression a few years ago. The 48-year-old slipped into a coma and eventually passed away after trying to take her own life.

Her family expressed their gratitude to healthcare staff and fans for their support.

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Who was Coco Lee?

Coco Lee was born on January 17, 1975. She was a Chinese-American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress.

She was nine years old when she, her mother, and her sisters moved to San Francisco. She attended Presidio Middle School and Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School. After graduating from high school, she was offered a recording contract in Hong Kong. Initially, she tried to juggle her budding music career with her studies at the University of California, Irvine. However, she left after her freshman year to take up her pop career full-time.

She was the first runner-up at the 12th Annual New Talent Singing Awards in Hong Kong after she sang Whitney Houston’s Run To You. The very next day, she was offered a recording contract with Capital Artists. She made her debut by appearing in several compilation albums, such as Red Hot Hits ’93 Autumn Edition. In 1994, she released her first solo albums in Mandarin, Love from Now On and Promise Me, working with Fancy Pie Records.

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Her single, Do You Want My Love entered the US music charts. Her first English-language album was Just No Other Way (1999). She even performed at the Oscars, after her song A Love Before Time was nominated as the Best Original Song from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Other than these,  Walt Disney Pictures hired her to sing the theme song Reflection and be the voice of the heroine Fa Mulan in the Mandarin version of Mulan. She also performed in Michael Jackson’s “Michael Jackson and friends” charity concert

Coco married Bruce Rockowitz, on 27 October 2011 in a lavish Jewish wedding ceremony in Hong Kong. He is a Jewish-Canadian businessman and former CEO of Li & Fung. In 2016, she revealed that she has two adult stepdaughters from her husband’s previous marriage.