×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hong Kong Singer Ellen Loo Dies in Apparent Suicide at 32

Ellen Joyce Loo, a star of the music scene in Hong Kong and Taiwan, died Sunday after falling from a high building. She was 32.

Loo’s body was found on Sunday morning at the foot of her home in Happy Valley, on Hong Kong Island. Police say they are not treating her death as suspicious.

No suicide note has been found. But Loo’s social media site pointed to her plans late last week to do “something great.” She suffered from bipolar disorder, which was diagnosed in 2013.

The Canadian-born singer-songwriter had worked in the Hong Kong and Taiwan music industries since she was 17. She worked in the electro-folk, Cantopop and rock registers.

With Eman Lam, Loo was part of the band at17. At17 endured until 2010, at which point Loo began a solo career, moved to Taiwan, and switched from singing in Cantonese to Mandarin.

In Taiwan, she won prizes for her songwriting and in 2017 used an acceptance speech to reveal that she was lesbian and partner of cinematographer Fisher Yu. Their marriage was registered in Canada in 2016. In interviews, Loo said that owning up to and combating her mental illness was more difficult than coming out as gay.

“Over the past few years, she had been fighting a very tough battle in the face of the disturbances caused by mental illness and bipolar disorder. We have always been on her side, hoping to offer her support and power,” said a statement posted on Loo’s Facebook page by People Mountain People Sea, the music production house which signed Loo as a teenager.

More Music

  • Jussie Smollett

    Jussie Smollett's Bail Set at $100,000, Must Surrender Passport

    A Chicago judge set a $100,000 bond for Jussie Smollett on Thursday, as the “Empire” actor made his first court appearance. Smollett faces one felony count of filing a false police report. Police allege that Smollett staged a Jan. 29 attack, telling detectives that he was accosted by two men who used racial and homophobic [...]

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Two More Women

    Two women accused R. Kelly of sexual misconduct at a press conference held by attorney Gloria Allred in New York on Thursday. The two women, Latresa Scaff, 40, and Rochelle Washington, 39, have not previously gone public with their claims. They say the incident happened in 1995 when they were 16 and 15 years old, [...]

  • Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Canceled Over 'Challenges and Sensitivities'

    Amy Winehouse will not be “Back to Black” in a holographic live tour after all. The late British singer, who died in 2011, was to be featured in a stage show slated to launch near the end of 2019. But the producer of the show, BASE Hologram, has indefinitely postponed plans for the Winehouse show, [...]

  • Kendrick Lamar

    Oscars: Kendrick Lamar and SZA Will Not Perform 'Black Panther' Song (EXCLUSIVE)

    Despite the Academy’s efforts to secure Kendrick Lamar and SZA for a performance of the Oscar-nominated song “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” on the upcoming Oscars telecast, the duo will not be a part of the show, Variety has learned. The reason, according to a source close to the situation, is logistics and timing. [...]

  • Michael Jackson Estate Accuses HBO of

    Michael Jackson Estate Sues HBO for Non-Disparagement Contract Breach

    The estate of Michael Jackson sued HBO on Thursday, accusing the cable channel of violating a non-disparagement clause by agreeing to run “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary accusing Jackson of sexual abuse. The suit seeks to compel HBO to litigate the matter in a public arbitration process, and claims that the estate could be awarded $100 [...]

  • Jussie Smollett

    Celebrities, Politicians React to Jussie Smollett Arrest: 'This Story Is Pathetic'

    Following the arrest of Jussie Smollett on Thursday, with the “Empire” star facing charges of filing a false police report and disorderly conduct after allegedly staging an attack, celebrities and politicians were quick to weigh in on social media. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people [...]

  • Rocketman

    See Taron Egerton Transform Into Elton John in New ‘Rocketman’ Trailer

    A new trailer for “Rocketman,” the Elton John “fantasy musical” in theaters May 31, was released today. As the singer, actor Taron Egerton (“Eddie the Eagle”) performs “Tiny Dancer” and is seen honing his talent at home, rising to fame and grappling with the pitfalls that superstardom can bring. The film also stars Jamie Bell (as John’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content