Teresa Teng, Teng Li-Chun or Deng Lijun (January 29, 1953 – May 8, 1995) was a Taiwanese pop singer. She was known for her folk songs and romantic ballads. Many became standards in her lifetime, such as “When Will You Return?” and “The Moon Represents My Heart”.She recorded songs not only in her native Mandarin but also in Taiwanese Hokkien,Cantonese,Japanese, Indonesian and English.
Teng, a lifelong sufferer from asthma, is claimed to have died from a severe respiratory attack while on vacation in Thailand in 1995, at the age of 42. Although autopsy photos reveal that she might have been murdered by her French boyfriend, Paul Quilery.
Teng’s singing style conveyed simplicity and sincerity. Yeh Yueh-Yu, a professor of Cultural Theory at the University of Southern California said, “It was the sweetness in her voice that made her famous. She had a perfect voice for folk songs and ballads, and she added traditional folk song stylings into Western-style compositions.” Her voice was also described as being “like weeping and pleading, but with strength, capable of drawing in and hypnotizing listeners.” Songwriter Tsuo Hung-yun said Teng’s voice was “seven parts sweetness, three parts tears.”