Following a failed suicide attempt, CoCo Lee has died at the age of 48.
On Wednesday (7.05,) in a statement issued by the Hong Kong-born musician’s elder sisters Carol and Nancy Lee, CoCo had been suffering from depression for several years and her condition had worsened over the past several months.
“Although, CoCo sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her,” read the statement posted on Instagram and Facebook. “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!”
Over the weekend, the Asian singer (born Ferren Lee) had attempted suicide in her home and was rushed to hospital where she went into a coma and died on Wednesday.
After winning first runner-up in an annual Hong Kong singing competition, CoCo began her professional career, releasing her first album in 1994 at the age of 19. Though she originally began as a Mandopop singer, Lee later expended her repertoire in include albums in English and Cantonese over her almost 30-year career.
Coco Lee is survived by her husband, Canadian businessman Bruce Rockowitz.