Disney’s Mulan Star Coco Lee’s Cause Of Death Confirmed

Coco Lee's cause of death has been confirmed.
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Coco Lee’s cause of death has been confirmed.

The Hong-Kong born singer – whose real name is Ferren Lee – moved to the US as a child and found success with several albums in which she sang in both English and Mandarin.

Lee is most recognisable for lending her voice to the Mandarin version of the Disney classic Mulan, in which she voiced the titular character, as well as singing the film’s theme song ‘Reflection’.

Devastatingly, Lee’s sisters have shared that the star died on July 5, aged 48 – and now her cause of death has been disclosed.

Find out more about Coco Lee’s tragic death below…

In a statement on Facebook and Instagram, Lee’s older sisters, Carol and Nancy, explained that Lee had attempted suicide – which led to her passing away while she was in a coma.

They penned: “On July 2, she committed suicide at home and was sent to the hospital. Despite the best efforts of the hospital team to rescue and treat her from her coma, she finally passed away on July 5, 2023.”

Lee had reportedly been ‘suffering from depression’ for a few years, but sadly her condition had ‘deteriorated drastically’ over the last few months.

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

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The siblings then paid tribute to their sister and her illustrious career – revealing that 2023 is the 30th anniversary of Lee’s career.

The statement continued: “As a family of CoCo, we are very grateful and honoured to have such an excellent and outstanding sister. We are thankful to God for giving us such a kind angel.

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

“Now, our greatest responsibility is to take good care of our elderly mother. I hope everyone will pray for this poor old lady and allow us time and privacy in healing.”

The sisters ended their post by thanking the medical staff for their ‘dedication’ to looking after Lee throughout this time – while hoping that everyone will ‘share her bright smile’.


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Lee was also recognised as being one of the first Chinese singers to really break into the American market.

Her song ‘Do You Want My Love’ charted at number four on Billboard’s Hot Dance Breakouts chart in December 1999.

According to the Daily Mail, Lee had been recovering from major surgery on her leg and pelvis to correct a birth defect that had affected her for most of her life.

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In an audio message shared by the verified Weibo account China Wen Fan League, the ‘Love Before Time’ singer described her fans as her ‘pillar of strength’.

“I will keep striving,” she says.

“During this time, I hope you all are also healthy and happy. I miss everyone very much. I am working very hard. I am thinking of you all. I miss you all so much! Love you, love you.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

In the UK, the Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing [email protected] or heading to the website to find your nearest branch. 

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.