Coco Lee, Star of Disney’s Mandarin Version of ‘Mulan,’ Has Died At 48
Coco Lee, the famed Asian pop singer, died on Wednesday at age 48.
According to Lee’s sisters, Carol and Nancy Lee, Coco had attempted suicide at home on Sunday. She had been in a coma since that point and died on Wednesday at Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital.
“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,” the sisters said. “Although Coco sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her.”
An Illustrious Career
Lee, who was born in Hong Kong, rose to fame as a pop star in the 1990s and 2000s, where she made a name for herself in the Mandopop music scene. After moving to the United States as a kid, Lee released albums in bother native Mandarin and English.
“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,” the sisters said in a statement.
It was in Mandarin, however, that Lee would get her biggest role — the voice of Mulan in Disney’s Mandarin release of the animated classic. She would also perform the Mandarin version of “Reflection” from the movie.
In 2001, Coco Lee took the Oscars stage to perform “A Love Before Time” from the Ang Lee film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The song had been nominated for best original song.
Outside of cinema, Lee recorded 18 studio albums, two live albums, and five compilation albums. She also was a frequent judge on Chinese TV, appearing on Chinese Idol and Dancing with the Stars.
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