This is truly a sad day for K-pop fans around the world. Numerous news outlets have confirmed that Jonghyun, 1 of the 5 members from SHINee, passed away today (Monday, 18th December).

The 27-year-old lead singer of the popular boy band was found unconscious in a rented apartment studio in Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul around 7pm (Malaysian time). Not long after he was rushed to the Konkuk University Hospital, the entertainer was pronounced dead.

Jonghyun
Source: Koreaboo

Jonghyun’s older sister, who made the initial call to emergency responders, believed that the pop star had committed suicide. The cause of death: carbon monoxide poisoning. The Gangnam Police reported that brown coal briquettes lit inside a frying pan were discovered at the location. This is believed to be a common method of suicide in South Korea.

Word on the street has it that Jonghyun had sent a suicide note to his sister before his shocking death. The alleged message reads, “It’s been really hard up until now. Send me off please. Tell me I lived well. This is my last greeting“.

Jonghyun
Source: Koreaboo

The K-pop industry can be so dark that you never know what’s going on behind closed doors. May you rest in peace, Jonghyun 🙁

Sources: Channel NewsAsia, Koreaboo (1)(2).

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