Coco Lee (李玟) attempted to take her life on July 2 and fell into a coma before passing on July 5. Her memorial service was held yesterday at Hong Kong Funeral Home, with the attendance of family members and friends who mourned her sudden passing.
The two-hour memorial service started at 4 p.m. and was livestreamed globally. The funeral hall was decorated with Coco’s favorite pastel purple and pink flowers, and set in the center was a pink heart-shaped flower arrangement from her mother and two sisters Carol Lee (李秋林) and Nancy Lee (李思林).
Coco’s estranged husband, Bruce Rockowitz, was also in attendance with his two daughters. They quietly entered through the parking lot entrance and sat in the second row away from the Lee family. Bruce was seen wiping away his tears during the service. Attendees reported that he did not speak with Coco’s sisters during the entire service and quickly left through the back door at the end.
As the service came to an end, friends and family got up to comfort Coco’s sisters who were distraught. When a tall man gave them a hug, and the two sisters lost control of their emotions and were heard yelling through tears, “He killed my sister!” At this point, the live stream was suddenly muted and the audio only resumed after 20 minutes.
Many of Coco’s close friends gave speeches at the memorial and shared fond memories of the singer. Bowing three times in front of Coco’s photo, Jenny Tseng (甄妮) called Coco “a ray of sunshine” and praised her professionalism and ambition for her career. Jenny’s voice shook as she said, “We originally had plans to meet for dinner right now–I don’t like this method of meeting each other. My heart hurts a lot!” Jenny continued in grief, “She passed on the day of my daughter’s birthday. She played a big prank on me. From now on, should I celebrate a birthday or commemorate her passing?” Jenny hopes that they can be close confidants again in their next lives. “I hope that you are protecting your family from Heaven and your funeral will finish without any gossip. We will always love you!”
Elva Hsiao (蕭亞軒) could barely speak as she was crying so hard. Since Elva was in school, she had viewed Coco as her idol. Once at the backstage of Taipei Arena, Coco gave Elva a big hug and they exchanged phone numbers. Over the years, Coco treated Elva like a little sister. Whenever Elva felt lost in life, Coco would send encouraging texts and spend a long time with her on the phone. “A few years ago, Coco kept telling me to add oil. She said I had a lot of talent and I should be back on stage.” Elva promised to continue Coco’s strong spirit and keep singing and dancing. Elva pointed upward and said, “To my forever queen, big star, goddess…be an angel up there. We’ll meet again one day.”
Coco’s sudden passing also brought grief to many old friends who broke down in tears as they had difficulty in saying goodbye.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.