The popular K-pop boy group SHINee’s lead singer Kim Jonghyun passed away at 27 after he allegedly committed suicide.
According to the police, he was found unconscious at a rented apartment studio in Cheongdam-dong, in Seoul on December 18 at around 6:10 PM.
Jonghyun’s older sister reportedly received a final text from him saying, “It has been really hard. Let me go. Tell me I did well. This is my last goodbye.” This led her to believe that her brother would commit suicide, so she called 119 at 4:42 PM.
Jonghyun was rushed to the hospital, but eventually died. Meanwhile, the investigators said that they discovered brown coal being burnt on a frying pan when they arrived at the apartment, and they are looking into the circumstances of his death.
SHINee’s label company, SM Entertainment, released a statement about Jonghyun’s sudden passing, and below is its English translation:
“On December 18th, SHINee’s Jonghyun left us very suddenly. He was discovered unconscious at a residence in Chungdam-Dong, Seoul and was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead. Our sadness cannot compare to the pain of his family, who had to say goodbye to a son and a brother, but we have spent a long time with him, and the SHINee members along with the SM Entertainment staff are all in deep mourning and shock. Jonghyun loved music more than anybody else and he was an artist who did everything to perform his absolute best on stage. It breaks our heart to have to bring this news to fans who loved Jonghyun so much. Please refrain from reporting on rumors and guesswork so the family of the deceased can honor him in peace. As per the wish of the family, the funeral will be held quietly with his relatives and company colleagues. Once again we show our deepest condolences to Jonghyun on his last journey.”