COCO Lee shared a powerful final post about her “unbearable” life months before her tragic suicide.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter, 48, passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with depression, her sisters said.
Her older siblings, Carol and Nancy Lee, were said to be the “demon within”. [Coco] “She overpowered her,” she said in a statement announcing the sad news.
The Chinese-American star, best known for the song “Reflection” for Disney’s “Mulan,” has been open about her mental and physical struggles to fans on social media.
In her most recent Instagram post, Coco explained that she needed to adopt a “warrior” attitude to overcome her adversity.
On New Year’s Eve, she shared a series of pictures as she reflects on her “incredibly difficult year” and the ongoing issues with her leg.
The carousel of snaps included pictures of her love and faith tattoos, selfies and one showing her having a surgical drain.
The singer was born with a defect in her left leg and underwent surgery at the age of two, which was unsuccessful.
This meant Coco was forced to rely on her right leg for most of her life to support her body, even during strenuous performances.
In October 2022, her injury worsened after overexerting herself during a dance rehearsal, leading to further surgeries.
In her heartbreaking final post in December last year, Coco explained that she needs to hold on to “love and faith” to get through.
She wrote, “Life seemed unbearable at times, but I’ve adopted the attitude of a ‘warrior’ to face them head-on, fearless, but always with the widest smile and the big laugh!”
“Strength, courage and bravery are in all of us, so use them.”
The acclaimed singer went on to say her goal for the coming year is “to share her life story and how she overcame major life-changing hurdles” while maintaining a positive attitude.
“I’m happy to say that I’m finally living my true self,” Coco continued.
“It’s the best feeling and I’m grateful every day to be alive and to be able to share my thoughts with you.”
“Life can be too short, so dare to dream big! Everything in life is a choice, so choose what brings you joy and meaning.”
The Hong Kong icon rounded out her words of wisdom by encouraging her fans to take inspiration from her story.
Coco added: “I’m a female warrior babe! Just like the Great Wall of China, I will never fall. If I can overcome something, so can you!”
“You are not alone, no matter how hard life gets, I am with you.”
The post has since been inundated with tributes to the star from desperate supporters who have followed her journey.
It was only in March that she first revealed the seriousness of her condition to fans by sharing a clip of herself before and after the surgery.
The artist, who released her latest single ‘Tragic’ on February 14, explained that she is learning to walk again after major surgery on her leg.
I’m a female warrior babe! Just like the Great Wall of China, I will never fall. If I can overcome something, so can you!
She wrote on social media: “Successful surgery. Even though I’m in a lot of pain and have to relearn how to walk, I know I can do it.”
“Yes, I can and I will. Thank you all.”
In the video, Coco was seen walking slowly with a walker and a nurse at her side four days after the surgery.
She didn’t share any further updates on her health, but her sisters said the star’s depression had “worsened drastically over the past few months.”
Coco’s family said she attempted suicide at her home on Sunday before being rushed to hospital.
“Despite the best efforts of the hospital team to rescue her from her coma and treat her, she finally passed away on July 5, 2023,” the statement continued.
Coco is survived by her husband, Bruce Rockowitz, and two adult stepchildren.
She married the Canadian businessman in 2011 and revealed they had undergone artificial insemination with hopes of having a child in 2018.
She is best known for her performance in the 2000 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in which she sang “A Love Before Time.”
Her sisters said this year marks the 30th anniversary of Coco’s singing career, underscoring her “countless international recognition” with best-selling songs.
They said she made an “amazing impression of her excellent live performances” on fans.
The statement added, “Coco has also been known to work tirelessly to open up a new world for Chinese singers on the international music scene, and she has done everything she can to shine for the Chinese.”
“We are proud of them!
“Though Coco won’t be around long, her rays of light will last forever!”
Coco sold tens of millions of Chinese and English albums after her singing in “Mulan” brought her international acclaim.
You’re not alone
A life is lost to suicide in the UK EVERY 90 minutes.
It does not discriminate and touches the lives of people in all sectors of society – from the homeless and unemployed to construction workers and doctors to reality stars and footballers.
It is the leading cause of death in people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car accidents.
And men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.
Yet it is rarely talked about, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop now and take notice.
That’s why The Sun created the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The goal is that we can all do our part to save lives by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health.
Let’s all pledge to ask for help when we need it and to listen to others… You are not alone.
If you or someone you know needs help coping with mental health issues, the following organizations offer support:
- QUIET, www.thecalmzone.net0800 585 858
- heads together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Spirit, www.mind.org.uk0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org0800 068 41 41
- Samaritan, www.samaritans.org116 123
- movember, www.uk.movember.com
- fear Britain www.anxietyuk.org.uk03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm