Cantopop singer and songwriter Ellen Joyce Loo died after falling from an apartment building where she lived in Happy Valley on Sunday morning. She was 32.
Police were called after a person was found lying unconscious on the third-floor podium at Le Cachet, a residential building on Sing Woo Road, at around 9:50 a.m. The person was certified dead at the scene, and was later identified as Loo, according to a police source.
Police listed the case temporarily as suicide as they found nothing suspicious, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported. No suicide note was found.
Fans expressed shock and sadness as news of her death spread quickly on the internet. Some of them went to the scene and offered flowers and prayers.
Universal Music Hong Kong, where she was a contract artist, extended its deepest condolences to Loo’s family and friends.
In a Facebook post, her management company, People Mountain People Sea, expressed hopes the singer would find peace in another world.
Loo, who was born in Toronto and later moved to Hong Kong, co-founded the band at17 with Eman Lam Yee-man in 2001, when she was 15.
The duo temporarily split in 2010, and Loo went to Taiwan to pursue her career.
Last year Loo was awarded the Best Arrangement prize at Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards and Festival. At the same event she revealed that she had married her partner Fisher Yu Jin-pin, a photographer from Taiwan, in 2016, RTHK reported.
Loo had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013, but she was reported to have almost regained her health a year later after taking medicines and receiving psychotherapy.
Many friends could not believe that Loo took her own life. Singer Terence Chui Chi-long, better known as Siu Fay, revealed that he talked with Loo over WhatsApp at about 8 a.m. on Sunday, or less than two hours before she died, and they agreed to get together for a drink on Monday.
Last Friday, when she attended a press conference with singer and actor Eason Chan Yick-shun, Loo looked fine, although she told reporters she was a bit thinner than before.
EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000. Email: [email protected].
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