SM Entertainment Confirms SHINee Jonghyun's Has Passed Away

19 December, 2017, 11:08 | Author: Julian Swanson
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The lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee died in hospital on Monday in a possible suicide that robs fans of the globally-famous K-Pop genre of one of its biggest stars.

Kim's sister made the initial call to 119 responders at 4:42 p.m. reporting that she believed her brother was committing suicide.

News channel YTN reported that the singer had checked into a serviced residence for two nights and was found unconscious by police.

Investigators discovered brown coal being burnt in a frying pan when they arrived at the apartment, reports South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. "The depression that had been slowly eating me up finally devoured me and I couldn't defeat it".

Jonghyun was rushed to a nearby university hospital but was declared dead later that evening, SM Entertainment said in the statement.

Jonghyun first shot to fame in 2008 as SHINee's lead singer, but he had since also found success as a solo singer and songwriter. His debut solo album in 2015 topped the US Billboard World Albums chart.

A funeral will be "held quietly with his relatives and company colleagues", said SM.

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.

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.

K-pop emerged in South Korea in the early 1990s, and labels such as JYP, DSP and YG built the nation's pop industry from the ground up, creating a training scheme that churned out stars for music, soap operas and movies. They're one of only a handful of K-pop groups to find global success.

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