CoCo Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

CoCo Lee died at age 48

Chinese-American singer CoCo Lee passed away on July 5. She was 48. The singer died following a suicide attempt that left her in a coma, reported news agency Reuters.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Took her own life

Channel News Asia confirmed the news of the star’s unexpected death.

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Coco Lee’s sisters break the news

Coco Lee’s sisters, Carol and Nancy Lee, shared a post addressing the singer’s demise. They wrote, “With great sadness, we are here [to] 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 her took the better of her.”

Revelation from family

South China Morning Post reported that CoCo Lee’s surviving family revealed on social media that the singer had been battling depression for the past few years. It was related to the fact that her overall health had declined.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Her mother tried to save her

CoCo Lee was reported to have passed from a coma after an attempt on her own life. According to The Straits Times, the singer’s death was a tragedy because her own mother, a Chinese Traditional Medicine practitioner, had made desperate attempts to save her life using acupuncture after Western doctors had given up trying to save her.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Secretly battling breast cancer

According to 8days, producer Jae Chong revealed that CoCo Lee had been battling breast cancer in addition to other health issues. This occupied the star for months before her passing. Despite revealing it to her siblings and close friends, the matter was kept a secret from not just her fans but also her mom.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Cause of death being investigated

Aside from the now-common knowledge that CoCo Lee died from an attempt to end her life, The Straits Times reports that several news outlets incorrectly claimed CoCo Lee died by cutting herself. Family members have since urged the public and news outlets to refrain from speculation while Hong Kong authorities investigate the exact cause of death.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Famous singer and ‘Mulan’ voice actress

CoCo Lee, born Ferren Lee, was a Chinese-American singer best known for her hits in Mandopop and for her impact on the American music industry as one of the scene’s most prominent singers of Asian descent. She also made important contributions to the Disney movie ‘Mulan’ as a voice actress and singer.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

From Hong Kong to the US at age 9

CoCo Lee was born on January 17, 1975, in Hong Kong. According to the Los Angeles Times, she moved to the United States with her family when she was nine years old and lived in San Francisco for the majority of her life until she was offered a recording contract.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Recording contract as a teen

According to China Daily, while just fresh out of high school and while visiting Hong Kong, CoCo Lee was offered a recording contract by Capital Artists after participating in the 12th Annual New Talent Singing Awards hosted by TVB and coming out second.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Juggling singing and school

According to the same report, CoCo Lee accepted the contract, but because she needed to continue her studies, she attempted to juggle work and school while attending the University of California, Irvine.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Dropping out of school for her career

However, the juggling did not work out, as CoCo Lee eventually dropped out after her freshman year to go full-time into music instead, according to the South China Morning Post. This worked out for CoCo Lee, as she eventually became a big hit.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Debut in Mandarin and English

CoCo Lee made her debut in 1993, with the release of her first two Mandarin albums, titled ‘Love from Now On’ and ‘Promise Me’. She also demonstrated her versatility in singing in both languages, as she went on to release an English album later in 1995, titled ‘Brave Enough to Love’.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Star in Asia and switch to Sony

Lee’s music would become a big hit later in 1996 with the release of her album, ‘CoCo Lee’. It was a significant year. Not only did her album become the best-selling album in Asia at that time, but CoCo Lee also switched labels to work with Sony Music.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Coco Lee’s biggest hits

Among Coco Lee’s best hits are ‘Sunny Day’, ‘Do You Want My Love’, and ‘Reflection’.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

Voice actress for ‘Mulan’

CoCo Lee’s voice may be known to many because she acted in Disney’s animated film ‘Mulan’ and voiced the Taiwanese Mandarin version of Mulan. She was also tasked with writing and singing the film’s theme song, ‘Reflection’, then in 1998, and singing it again for the live adaptation in 2020.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death


CoCo Lee was also active in her activism for several causes through her music. For one, she was known for releasing an anti-tobacco song, ‘From the Beginning ’til the End’ with Cantopop legend Jacky Cheung, and for singing ‘Hand in Hand’ with singers like Wang Leehom to raise funds to help those affected by the SARS epidemic.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

2014: Losing her voice

The Straits Times reports that CoCo Lee once lost her voice back in 2014 due to a bout of bronchitis and several other throat complications, which led her to quit singing. However, the star made her recovery soon after, two years later, in a surprising return.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

2016: Coco Lee’s return

2016 was the year of CoCo Lee’s triumphant return to music as the singer surprised many by being one of the participants of the star-studded Chinese reality singing competition ‘I Am A Singer’ and even went on to win the competition!

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

2022 – 2023: Health problems

CoCo Lee was relatively active in the scene until her sudden announcement of health issues in November 2022. According to Global Times, the singer revealed that she had been suffering from a birth defect that caused her to rely on her right leg to perform, which eventually affected her ability to walk and caused her to be in excruciating pain.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

2023: Shocking weight loss

CoCo Lee shocked fans once again when she revealed on social media in January this year that she had lost a lot of weight due to further health complications. AsiaOne reports that the singer posted a photo with a drainage bag attached to her body. When asked for details by fans on what happened, the singer did not respond other than mentioning she’s working on her recovery.

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

In her final Instagram post shared last year, Coco Lee wrote a long message and discussed how she relied on “love and faith” to get through last year while calling herself a “female warrior”.

Coco Lee also shared what her goal would be in 2023 and wrote, “My goal in 2023 is to share my life story and how I faced major life-changing hurdles and still manage to keep a positive attitude. I am happy to say I am finally living the real me.”

Coco Lee: Shocking Revelations About Her Death

July 2023: the last goodbye

Unfortunately, fans were not able to witness the singer get back on her feet as CoCo Lee passed away on 5 July due to mental health issues. Her death has come as a shock to the Chinese music community and her many fans around the world.

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