Ellen Joyce Loo Hoi Tung (Chinese: 盧凱彤; Jyutping: Lou4 Hoi2tung4; 27 March 1986 – 5 August 2018) was a Canadian-Hong Kong musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. She was the guitarist, backing vocalist and a co-founder of the folk-pop rock group at17.

Ellen Joyce Loo
Born(1986-03-27)27 March 1986
Died5 August 2018(2018-08-05) (aged 32)
EducationSecondary 5, St. Paul's Convent School
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2002–2018
Fisher Yu
(m. 2016)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
Also known as
  • Ah Mui (阿妹)
  • Sister Mui (妹姐)
  • Rockmui
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • piano
LabelsPeople Mountain People Sea

Early life Edit

Loo was born in Toronto, Canada, on March 27, 1986. At age 4, she moved to Hong Kong. She learned classical guitar from her father at the age of nine. At age 14, she and her older brother, P. J. Loo, entered the musical competition "Original Music 2000" (原音2000), which was held by Tom Lee Music in Hong Kong. They won third prize in the competition.[1]

Personal life Edit

Loo was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013, and made her first public statement regarding the disorder in April 2015.[2][3] She came out as a lesbian at the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan in 2017.[4] She married Taiwanese cinematographer Fisher Yu in 2016. The couple registered their marriage in Canada.[5]

Death Edit

Loo died after falling from her apartment building in Happy Valley, Hong Kong on 5 August 2018,[6] at the age of 32. The case was classified as suicide by police after checking CCTV footage of the building.[7] No suicide note was found.[8]

Publications Edit

  • Lost. Escape. Rockmuiology – A collection of the photographs she took over 3 years of her life with her Revue 35CC camera prior to the publication, accompanied by a series of writings (in English). 240 pages, published by Youth Culture (青春文化) in July 2006, Hong Kong, ISBN 988-99184-0-4.[9]
  • I learned the chords at 17, collection of 22 original guitar scores from at17's songs, transcribed by Loo in both standard notation and guitar tablature. 2005, published by People Mountain People Sea / Kubrick, Hong Kong, ISBN 988-97905-7-2

References Edit

  1. ^ Cheung, Rachel (25 August 2017). "Hong Kong singer-songwriter Ellen Joyce Loo opened up about her same-sex marriage in 2017 interview". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Ellen Joyce Loo touched by the public's support". Yahoo! News. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ Wong, Derek (5 August 2018). "Hong Kong pop star Ellen Joyce Loo dies in fall from building at age 32". Straits Times. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Singer Ellen Joyce Loo Came Out at the Taiwan Music Awards After Years of Hinting". Hornet.com. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. ^ Chiang, Pei-ling; Shih, Hsiu-chuan (5 August 2018). "Hong Kong pop star dies in fall". Central News Agency. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ Lam, Jeffie (5 August 2018). "Pop star Ellen Joyce Loo dies in fall from her Happy Valley flat". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  7. ^ Luo, Charlotte (6 August 2018). "Lesbian pop star's suicide stuns fans". The Standard. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  8. ^ Frater, Patrick (5 August 2018). "Hong Kong Singer Ellen Loo Dies in Apparent Suicide at 32". Variety. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. ^ Interview – Ellen Joyce Loo, Milk magazine 267, 2006

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