CoCo Lee, the Hong Kong-born singer whose song in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ received an Oscar nomination, has died at age 48.


According to a statement from her family, Lee passed away after attempting suicide on Sunday.

Lee was said to have battled depression for several years, with her condition deteriorating drastically over recent months.

Carol and Nancy Lee, her sisters, said she was in a coma and died on Wednesday.


“Coco has been suffering from depression for a few years but her condition deteriorated drastically over the last few months,” they wrote in a Facebook post.

“Although Coco sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her.”

Lee spent part of her childhood in San Fransisco and later attended the University of California, Irvine.


She rose to fame during the 1990s and released pop music albums in Mandarin, English, and Cantonese.

The last of her 18 studio albums came out in 2013.

Lee’s ‘A Love Before Time’ was nominated for best original song at the 2001 Academy Awards, where she performed the track.

The Oscar nomination was one of 10 for ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,’ the movie which won four.


She also voiced the title character in the Mandarin version of Disney’s animated film ‘Mulan’ and recorded the movie’s main song, ‘Reflection’.

Lee and Bruce Rockwowitz, her husband, tied the knot in 2011.

She had two stepdaughters from her marriage with Rockowitz.

“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 statement added.


“We are proud of her!”

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