Chinese-American  singer CoCo Lee has died at age 48

Chinese-American singer CoCo Lee died on Wednesday at age 48 three days after attempting to take her own life.

The music diva passed away in a Hong Kong hospital after slipping into a coma following the suicide attempt.

Her sister Nancy made the sad announcement on Instagram on Wednesday and acknowledged her famous sibling’s mental health struggles and the “demon” of depression.

CoCo had been suffering from depression for a few years but her condition deteriorated drastically over the last few months,” she wrote.

CoCo Lee has died at age 48. Picture: TPG/Getty Images

CoCo Lee has died at age 48. Picture: TPG/Getty Images

“We know now she has gone to a happier place and no longer suffers from depression.”

Over a glittering three-decade career, Lee was a trailblazer in the Mandarin and Cantonese music industries and enjoyed limited international cross over success.

She contributed songs to soundtracks for Hollywood films like Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, and voiced the title character in the Mandarin version of Disney’s Mulan.

At the height of her career, Lee performed at the 2001 Oscars ceremony and sang a song from the nominated film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The same year, Lee was handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld to serve as the first Chinese brand ambassador for luxury house Chanel.

The decision to sign up the singer, who coincidentally shared her name with the famous Chanel founder, was considered controversial in Hong Kong but set a new standard for luxury advertising in Asia.

On stage, Lee performed with the likes of, John Legend and Shaggy but was ultimately unsuccessful in making the leap to English language markets.


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