Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Jonghyun, lead singer of K-pop group Shinee, dies

Jonghyun at 2016 Korean Popular Culture And Arts Awards SHINee's Lead Singer Kim Jonghyun Found Dead at Home in Gangnam- ReportsCC BY 4.0 Im Sorry Jonghyun
Diane Mills | 19 December, 2017, 11:08

News of Jonghyun's death prompted a flurry of messages on social media, with many fans voicing disbelief.

The singer, whose full name is Kim Jong-hyun, was reportedly lying in a room with a coal briquette burning on a frying pan, a common method of suicide in South Korea. They released six chart-topping albums in Korea and five in Japan, in addition to embarking on numerous world tours. "The depression that had been slowly eating me up finally devoured me and I couldn't defeat it".

"We've come to the United States for fan meets before, but concerts make me a bit more nervous and excited".

SM Entertainment, the company that founded the group, confirmed Kim's death in a statement, writing that his funeral would be "carried out in the quietest manner with his family members and co-workers".

The message said: "I'm broken from inside". There was no answer. "We will always remember you".

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Many of its stars - known as idols - train for years, honing their singing, dancing and acting skills, while also learning other Asian languages, before they are even allowed to debut their first song.

The messages read "This is my last farewell", "Things have been so hard", "Please let me go and say I did a good job", prompting his sister to make an emergency call to the police.

A KOREAN pop star has died today aged 27 at his home in Gangnam.

K-pop's success has also been dependent on a highly-polished image.

Dubbed "The Princes of K-pop" by CNN earlier this year, SHINee was first formed in 2008.

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