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Singer Coco Lee, of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Mulan’ fame, dies at 48

Coco Lee, the renowned Chinese songstress who contributed her vocals to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Disney’s Mulan, passed away in Hong Kong on Wednesday at the age of 48. It can be challenging for others to comprehend how someone widely admired, envied, and successful can be plagued by such intense suffering that they see taking their own life as the only way out. Clad in a red qipao, a traditional Chinese attire, and adorned with golden chandelier earrings, Lee performed alongside a group of kungfu dancers, becoming the first Chinese-American to grace the Oscars stage. Singer Coco Lee, of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Mulan’ fame, dies at 48.

Lee’s older sisters, Carol and Nancy, confirmed that she had died by suicide. Through a social media announcement, they revealed that she had fallen into a coma after a suicide attempt over the weekend. The sisters stated, “Coco had been battling depression for a few years, but her condition worsened significantly in the past few months.” At the age of 26, Lee expressed her aspiration to leave an Asian mark, quite literally, on the global stage. She had remarked, “I could sing for 30 years and never get the chance to perform like this,” referring to her groundbreaking performance.

Chinese-American Songstress Coco Lee, Famous for ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Mulan,’ Passes Away at 48

According to the sisters’ post, Lee attempted suicide at her residence on Sunday, July 2, and succumbed to her injuries in the hospital on July 5. They shared the news on social media, mentioning that she had been grappling with depression for several years and had made a suicide attempt on Sunday. “Coco had been battling depression for a few years, but her condition worsened significantly in the past few months,” her sisters wrote.

Singer Coco Lee, of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and 'Mulan' fame, dies at 48

If there was one social media post that captured the sentiments of friends and fans while highlighting the insidiousness of depression, it would be from Hong Kong singer Gloria Tang Tsz-kei, widely known as G.E.M, who wrote, “Can’t believe how much pain was concealed behind your smile.”

Iconic Singer Coco Lee, Recognized for Roles in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Mulan,’ Succumbs at 48

“Although Coco sought professional help and fought against depression with all her might, sadly, that inner demon overwhelmed her in the end.” In a Facebook post, Lee’s sisters Carol and Nancy disclosed that the popular diva, who had been diagnosed with depression a few years ago, had attempted suicide at her residence on Sunday. They added that Lee, 48, had been in a coma since then.

Within a few years, Lee released English-language albums and successfully made her way onto the American charts. Disney enlisted her to lend her voice to the leading character in the Mandarin version of its blockbuster film Mulan, for which she also performed the theme song, Reflection.

Acclaimed Vocalist Coco Lee, Noted for Contributions to ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Mulan,’ Passes Away at the Age of 48

When Coco was 8 years old, her mother relocated her and her sisters to San Francisco, but her burgeoning career as a pop star drew her back to her homeland in the early ’90s. Her hit song “Before I Fall in Love” made it onto the soundtrack of the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere film Runaway Bride, while “Do You Want My Love” climbed to the fourth position on the US Billboard in 2000.

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