Coco Lee, famous for voicing Mulan in the Mandarin version of Disney’s “Mulan,” has died by suicide.
Coco’s sisters, Carol and Nancy, say she attempted suicide at home Sunday and was sent to a hospital, where she slipped into a coma and died on Wednesday despite attempts to save her life.
Coco suffered from depression for years, her family says, and she sought professional help … but her condition drastically deteriorated over the last few months and she ultimately took her own life.
In addition to her work with Disney, Coco performed an Oscar-nominated song, “A Love Before Time,” in the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” as part of a three-decade career as a singer.
Coco was born in Hong Kong but attended middle school and high school in San Francisco, where she was crowned 1991’s Miss Teen Chinatown.
She was the first Chinese singer to go big in America, with her song “Do You Want My Love” reaching No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Breakout chart way back in 1999.
Coco’s family is remembering her for working “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.”
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