Jonghyun (종현)’s memorial service took place at the Seoul Asan Medical Centre yesterday (Tuesday, 19th December). Thousands of fans and celebrity friends showed up to pay their respects.
While tributes are still pouring in for the late SHINee member, Taeyeon from Girls’ Generation took to her Instagram account this morning (Wednesday, 20th December) to share her grief over Jonghyun’s death.
The beautiful singer posted a series of snapshots that were taken at Jonghyun’s recent solo concert before he passed away. Taeyeon also caption it with a heartbreaking letter to her beloved friend. The message (as translated by AllKpop) reads:
“That was you, and if another you existed, everyone will still love you. I want to like you, love you, and encourage you. I want to hug you once more. That’s what I could’ve done but I hate myself for regretting like this after losing my chance.
Our unfortunate, precious Jonghyun. Our Jonghyun, who I feel like will answer Yes! in a high tone if I call right now on the phone, I miss you so much. I’m sorry I didn’t embrace you enough. I love you and thank you.
I remember you telling me about how you wrote ‘Lonely’ with me in your thoughts. We are very similar and alike. We know those feelings. Kim Jonghyun, the most special, cool, fantastic artist in my life, I miss you so much and I want to hold your hand.
Jonghyun-ah, you are the best. You worked so hard. I will make sure you’re not lonely.”
그게 너고 또 다른 그 또한 너라고 해서 널 사랑하지 않을 사람은 없어. 널 무지 좋아하고 사랑하고 토닥여 주고싶고 한번이라도 더 안아주고 싶었어. 그게 내가 할 수 있는 일이었는데 이렇게 기회를 잃고 후회하고 있는 내가 너무 밉다. 너무 안타깝고 아깝고 소중한 우리 종현이. 전화해서 이름 부르면 당장이라도 하이톤으로 으응! 할것같은 우리 종현이 많이 보고싶어. 누나가 많이 못 안아줘서 미안해 사랑해 그리고 고마워. lonely 누나 생각하며 썼다는 그 과정을 다 기억해. 우린 비슷하잖아. 닮았고. 그 느낌들을 알잖아. 내 인생에 제일 특이하고 멋지고 훌륭한 아티스트 김종현 너무 많이 보고싶고 손잡아 주고싶다. 종현아 넌 최고야 너무 수고했어🖤 외롭지않게 해줄게.
In case you missed it, here are 5 things about Jonghyun during his last days.
We hope you’re resting peacefully now 🙁