A member of one of South Korea’s biggest boy bands has died suddenly. Jonghyun, full name Kim Jong-hyun, was one of the five members of Shinee, who have had a string of number one hits in their home country.
SM Entertainment and police have confirmed that SHINee’s Jonghyun (27) has passed away, and are currently investigating the singer’s death.
According to the police and fire department, Jonghyun was found unconscious in a residence on December 18 at approximately 6:45 p.m. KST. Emergency responders performed CPR and the singer was immediately rushed to the hospital, but in the end, Jonghyun was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead.
The police arrived at the scene at a report of disappearance filed by Jonghyun’s older sister, who reportedly received a final text from Jonghyun that led her to believe he would be attempting suicide. In the text, he said, “It has been really hard. Let me go. Tell me I did well. This is my last goodbye.”
SM Entertainment issued an official statement regarding the death of SHINee’s Jonghyun. The statement reads as follows:
“Hello, this is SM Entertainment.
We’re sorry to deliver such heart-aching, unfortunate news.
On December 18, SHINee member Jonghyun left our side unexpectedly.
He was found unconscious at a residential hotel in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul and was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on the evening of the 18th.
The deep sorrow cannot be compared to ones of his family who had to let go of their loving son and brother but the employees and artists of SM Entertainment, also in deep shock and sorrow, are offering condolences.
Jonghyun was the best artist who loved music more than anyone and always worked hard for his performance.
It is devastating to deliver such sad news to the fans who gave him great love.
We ask you to refrain from making rumors or assumption based reports in respect of his family who are in deep sorrow from the sudden news.
As his family wished, his funeral will be carried out in the quietest manner with his family members and co-workers.
Once again, we offer our deepest condolence.”