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Public vigil for Coco Lee to take place in end of July, more memorial gatherings in Greater China

The family of the late Hong Kong pop diva Coco Lee has announced that a public vigil will take place at the end of the month to commemorate her life.

Nancy Lee, the singer-songwriter’s older sister, said in a Facebook post on Friday (14 Jul) that the funeral service would take place on 31 July and the procession on 1 August at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point.

“The funeral service at the grand hall will be open to the public from 6pm to 10pm on 31 July, and remain closed for the rest of the time. Thank you for your kind attention,” she wrote. A 30-second montage that showed several photographs of Coco Lee with her fans was attached to the post.

Nancy Lee earlier revealed that memorial services will also be held in mainland China and Taiwan in August.

On 12 July, the singer’s two sisters, Nancy Lee and Carol Lee, appeared at the funeral home in Hong Kong to arrange the funeral for her sister. Coco Lee’s mother was unable to accompany her two children due to old age.

Lee’s fans from around the world have rushed to book flight tickets to attend her funeral in Hong Kong, according to Malaysia’s Chinese media.

(R) Coco and her two elder sisters pictured with their mother on her 83rd birthday

Scammers used Coco’s death to raise fund

Meanwhile, Nancy warned the public regarding fake scams using Coco’s passing to raise fund for charity purpose.

“Please beware (that) we will not do fund raising of any sort nor have issued any memorial products in her name. Our family will reserve our legal right to pursue these people.

“Finally, do note we will organise memorial gatherings in the Greater China region, timing wise in August, do stay tuned for further info,” Nancy said in her Facebook post.

Coco, who had struggled with depression, died in hospital on 5 July after trying to take her own life. She was 48.

The star, Hong Kong-born and brought up in San Francisco from the age of nine, launched her career aged 18 when she won the first runner-up spot in broadcaster TVB’s New Talent Singing Awards. She later became the first Chinese singer to be signed by record label Sony Music.

She was also the first and only Chinese artist to sing at the Oscars, where she performed “A Love Before Time” from Ang Lee’s award-winning 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Hong Kong might honour Coco Lee on Avenue of Stars

Hong Kong will consider honouring late singer Coco Lee on the Avenue of Stars, authorities have said, after her family suggested giving her recognition on the city’s version of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

But a lawmaker on Friday said the government might need to change its policy as the promenade was reserved for artists who had made significant contributions to the city’s film and TV industries.

Reportedly, a spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department the plaques on the Avenue of Stars recognised the contributions of film industry professionals.

In spite of that, it would still convey Lee’s family’s suggestion to the Avenue of Stars Management Committee to discuss the idea.


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