Coco Lee, voice of ‘Mulan’, dies aged 48
Coco Lee, a singer and songwriter hailing from Hong Kong, passed away at the age of 48, after battling with depression.
One of Lee's notable achievements was lending her voice to the Mandarin-language version of Disney's beloved film, "Mulan", in 1998. She also sang the Mandarin rendition of the film's iconic theme song, "Reflection".
In a statement shared on Facebook and Instagram, Lee's sisters, Carol and Nancy Lee, revealed that Coco had attempted suicide at her home on Sunday. She remained in a coma until her passing on Wednesday at Hong Kong's Queen Mary Hospital.
"It is with deep sorrow that we share this devastating news: Coco had been grappling with depression for several years, but her condition significantly worsened over the past few months," expressed the sisters. "Despite Coco seeking professional help and putting forth her best efforts to combat depression, unfortunately, that inner demon overpowered her."
The sisters also highlighted Coco's dedication to paving the way for Chinese singers in the international music scene, noting her tireless efforts and commitment to representing the Chinese community.
Coco Lee achieved great popularity as a pop star in Asia during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 1996, she signed with Sony Music Entertainment, and her debut album, "Coco Lee", became the top-selling album of that year in Asia, according to Reuters.
Coco Lee was married to Bruce Rockowitz, a Canadian businessman and former chief executive of Li & Fung. While she served as a stepmother to Rockowitz's two daughters, she did not have any biological children of her own.