Angela Lee’s death hoax has spread across the internet and flooded social media. Apparently, she was involved in a car accident in 2017 when her car flipped, in which her car ‘flipped about six times,’
Recently, she shocked reporters when she told reporters that the accident was caused by her intentionally wanting to commit suicide, claiming that she had ‘fallen asleep’ behind the wheel.
In an emotional post shared online Tuesday, the 27-year-old MMA fighter discussed mental health issues that led her to contemplate suicide days before the fight. Lee said six years ago, she was going through a difficult weight loss process when she realized “my body was fighting against me and I was running out of time.” She was finally “broken.”
Who is Angela Lee?
Angela Lee, real name Angela Seung Ju Pucci, is a Canadian-American professional mixed martial artist. She currently competes in ONE Championship’s Atomweight and Strawweight divisions, where she is currently the ONE Atomweight World Champion.
On May 5, 2016, Angela Lee achieved the remarkable achievement of becoming the youngest ever world champion in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). At the age of 19 years and 9 months, she defeated Mei Yamaguchi to win her first Atomweight world championship. Since then, Lee has successfully defended his title five times, becoming the longest reigning champion in ONE history.
In 2019, Lee’s younger brother Christian Lee also won the world championship in MMA, becoming the first pair of sisters to win the world championship in mixed martial arts. In April 2022, Fight Matrix ranked Lee as the #12 female weight class (121.9 lbs and under). Lee was born in Vancouver to a Chinese-Singaporean father, Ken Lee, and a Korean-Canadian mother, Jewelz Lee.
At age 7, Lee moved to Hawaii with her family, where she began training in martial arts under the guidance of her parents, who were both martial artists. Lee’s passion for sports led her to start competing at the age of 6.
Lee’s younger brother Christian is also an accomplished MMA fighter, while her other younger brother Adrian, born in Waipahu, also practices martial arts. Sadly, Lee’s sister Victoria, also a mixed martial artist signed with ONE, passed away in 2022 at the age of 18.
In 2014, Lee debuted as an amateur boxer and won a significant victory in November of the same year. By defeating Audrey Perkins at Destiny MMA: Na Koa 7 in Honolulu, Lee captured the valuable Destiny MMA heavyweight title.
Soon after, Lee signed with ONE Championship in 2014 and made her promotional debut at ONE Championship 28: Warrior’s Quest on May 22, 2015. During the event, she demonstrated her skills by knocking out submitted Aya Saber with an armbar in the opening round. It is worth noting that Lee competes under the Singaporean flag.
Following his victory, Lee decided to stop studying business at a college in Hawaii and move to Singapore to join Evolve MMA. In her next fight at ONE Championship: Odyssey of Champions on September 27, 2015, Lee demonstrated her power by using a rear naked choke to defeat Mona Samir in the first round.
Lee’s third professional fight took place at ONE Championship 33: Pride of Lions on November 13, 2015. In this match, she demonstrated her superior skills by submitting Natalie Gonzales Hills with a twister in the opening round. Commentators hailed the win as a potential entry of the year, leading to Lee being awarded the prestigious 2015 WMMA Journalism Award for Entry of the Year.
Angela Lee’s Hoax: Is She Dead or Alive?
Angela Lee is alive. Rumors of her death began when she was involved in an accident in 2017. However, she recently revealed that the accident was actually a suicide attempt. According to reports, she was involved in a car accident in 2017, in which her car “overturned about six times.” After claiming to have “fallen asleep” at the wheel, she startledly told reporters that the accident was intentional because she intended to commit suicide. The 27-year-old MMA fighter spoke about her mental health struggles, which led her to contemplate suicide days before the fight, in a poignant article posted online Tuesday. According to Lee, during a challenging weight loss six years ago, she realized “my body was fighting against me and I was running out of time.” In the end, she was “broken.”
‘My car accident in November 2017 was not an accident. It was a suicide attempt,’ Lee wrote in an article above Player’s Tribune.
‘I was getting ready for my last title defense of the year, things were starting to get difficult for me. Pressure, stress and expectations begin to increase. I have foresight and think that this upcoming war is the most important thing in my life. Looking back now, I had everything I could have wanted at the time, but I didn’t realize it. Didn’t quite appreciate it. Because I got to a place where making weight for that fight was the biggest thing in the world for me.’
‘I told myself: If you don’t do this, you will lose everything. And, as an athlete, honestly, that mentality can be helpful and motivating. But it is also a double-edged sword. And for me, I got to the point where I pushed my mind and body too far. I couldn’t stop thinking about the embarrassment that would happen if I couldn’t fight.
‘As someone who has never missed any competition in my entire life, it terrifies me. It has become comprehensive,’ Lee added. ‘And eventually, I got to the point where I would rather take myself out of the equation than deal with what might happen. That’s where my head goes. It’s all or nothing.’