"Rose, Rose, I Love You" singer dies at 97

22 Jul – Veteran singer Yao Lee, most popular for the hit song "Rose, Rose, I Love You", has recently passed away at age 97.

As reported on Mingpao, the news was confirmed by Yao's friend and fellow artiste Susan Shaw Yam Yam, who expressed her sadness over not being able to see the singer for the last time before her passing.

"I had wanted to visit you before leaving for Malaysia for my new movie, but you were at the hospital. I wanted to see you as soon as I return to Hong Kong, but you were gone," she wrote.

When asked about the cause of death, Susan stated that she only heard that Yao was in a coma following a high fever.

Born in 1922 in Zhejiang, Yao Lee became a famous singer in the 1940s, earning her the nickname the "silver voice".

Among her most recognised work are the songs "Unattainable Love", "By the Suzhou River", and "Storm Symphony" – although the Chen Gexin-composed "Rose, Rose, I Love You" was her most well-known song. The song even had its English version, recorded by Frankie Laine in 1951.

(Photo Source: Mingpao)