Coco Lee Wik – Coco Lee Bio
Coco Lee, a singer, has died after a suicide attempt, her sisters confirmed in a Facebook post on Wednesday. She was 48.
Coco Lee (Chinese: 李玟; pinyin: Lǐ mín; born Ferren Lee, 17 January 1975 – 5 July 2023) was a Hong Kong-born American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Lee’s career began in Hong Kong and then expanded to Taiwan. Her single, “Do You Want My Love”, also entered the U.S. music charts. Her first English-language album was Just No Other Way (1999). At the Oscars, she performed the Best Original Song nominated, “A Love Before Time”, from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Lee was born in Hong Kong on 17 January 1975; she was the youngest of three children and was born to a Malaysian father and a Hongkong Cantonese mother. She has two elder sisters, Nancy, who was her manager before, and Carol. Her father died before she was born. When she was nine years old, her mother brought Lee and her sisters to live in San Francisco. She attended Presidio Middle School and Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School, both in San Francisco. The summer after graduating from high school, she was offered a recording contract in Hong Kong and attempted to juggle her burgeoning career there with her studies at the University of California, Irvine, but eventually left after her freshman year to concentrate on her pop career.
Coco Lee died at the age of 48 years old.
After Lee graduated from high school in 1992, she returned to Hong Kong to see her sisters participate in the Miss Hong Kong Pageant. While there, she took part in the 12th Annual New Talent Singing Awards and was the first runner-up, singing Whitney Houston’s Run to You. The following day, Capital Artists offered her a recording contract. She made her debut by appearing in several compilation albums, such as Red Hot Hits ’93 Autumn Edition. In 1994, working with Fancy Pie Records, she released her first solo albums in Mandarin, Love from Now On and Promised Me. In 1995, she released an English language cover album, Brave Enough to Love, as well as her third Mandarin album, Woman in Love. In 1996, Lee signed a contract with Sony Music Entertainment and her subsequent album, “Coco Lee”, became the best-selling album of 1996 in Asia. In 1997, she released the Mandarin album “Sincere”, as well as a self-titled Cantonese album. In 1998, the Mandarin album Di Da Di was released and sold 1 million copies in less than three months.
Her new album Illuminate was released on 31 May 2013 with Universal Music.
In 2016, she competed in the fourth season of the Chinese reality show I Am A Singer, although she admitted that losing her voice to bronchitis in 2014 had affected her singing ability. However, she recovered from it and participated, going on to win the competition, making her the second non-mainland Chinese singer to do so. Lee later returned as a guest singer for two more seasons (now rebranded with the new title Singer), on the fifth season during the biennial concert, and in the sixth season as a guest performer for Jessie J, the eventual winner of that season.
Married & Children
Lee married Bruce Rockowitz, a Jewish-Canadian businessman and former CEO of Li & Fung, on 27 October 2011 in a lavish Jewish wedding ceremony in Hong Kong. For her wedding, she registered the song “I just wanna marry u” (Chinese and English versions), which was released on 24 October 2011. In 2016, she revealed that she has two adult stepdaughters from her husband’s previous marriage.
Cause of Death
Lee attempted suicide on 2 July 2023 and was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in an unconscious state. Lee’s sister confirmed that she died on 5 July 2023 at Queen Mary Hospital at the age of 48.
Her elder sisters wrote that the star passed away three days after a failed attempt to revive her from a depression-related suicide attempt on July 2.
“Coco had been suffering from depression for a few years but her condition deteriorated drastically over the last few months,” the Facebook post stated.
“Although, CoCo sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her.”