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

19 December, 2017, 11:05 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of South Korea's top boy band Shinee has died in an apparent suicide after being found unconscious in a flat it has emerged

The singer was 27 when he was found unconscious at a Seoul hotel by police after sending his older sister several text messages suggesting suicide, police said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital suffering from cardiac arrest but was later pronounced dead, the news agency Yonhap reported.

In a press release later on the same day, it stated that "Jonghyun has suddenly left us".

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Burning coal briquettes, which release carbon monoxide, is a common method of suicide in South Korea, which has one of the world's highest suicide rates.

Jonghyun, the lead singer of K-pop band Shinee, died Monday, SM Entertainment said in a statement. Jonghyun had also made headlines for his outspoken views in favor of LGBT rights, writing personal messages of support to fans questioning their sexuality, in a demonstration that reportedly made him the target of extremist internet trolls.

Kim released his first solo album in 2015 that reached number one on the Billboard World Albums chart. "Tell me I did well", and, "Final farewell", the star said in the messages, according to South Korean media.

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Fans were invited to pay their respects at Seoul Asan Hospital Tuesday, ahead of a funeral which the family has requested to be held "as quietly as possible", according to SM Entertainment. His death is a blow to the massive worldwide fan base that Korea's "K-pop" music has attracted in recent years. Kim also had a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter.

SHINee have been dubbed the "Princes of K-pop" - a musical genre that started in South Korea and that mixes electronic, hip hop, pop, rock, and R&B music.

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