Korean SHINee Singer Jonghyun Dead at 27 After Apparent Suicide
We've lost yet another young talent before the end of 2017.
Jonghyun, of popular K-Pop band SHINee, has died of apparent suicide after police found him in his home.
And fans all over the world are mourning the singer's untimely passing.
Gangnam police were first alerted today, December 18, when Jonghyun, real name Kim Jong-Hyun's, sister called them in a panic that he wanted to kill himself, The Mirror reports.
They released a statement on the condition in which Jonghyun was found when they arrived at his home.
“We went to his residence in Chungdam and discovered that he had attempted to commit suicide with brown coal briquettes lit inside a frying pan," the statement reads.
"Emergency responders were with us at the time so we rushed him to the Konkuk University Hospital in a state of cardiac arrest.”
The 27-year-old is believed to have died en route to the medical center.
We're still waiting to find out the official cause of death, but medical examiners believe he died from carbon monoxide poisining from breathing in the burning coal briquettes. So tragic.
SHINee's lead singer was a bright young talent and an active member of the LGBTQ community, and faced online bullying as a result.
In one particular instance, The Mirror reports, Kim changed his Twitter profile to support a transgender bisexual fan, and then came under fire from readers of a right-wing Korean website.
"As an entertainer, as a minority in a different definition who deals with the public, I feel a great sense of loss in this world where we don’t admit differences," Jonghyun told the fan (in Korean).
"Of course, this can’t be comparable to your feeling."
And now, those very fans are tweeting their support for Jonghyun and his SHINee bandmates, reflecting on his talent.
SHINee, the only SM group that passed the 10 year curse without losing a member. Yet when they lose one, its forever. Rest in Peace, Kim Jonghyun.bucin budak cincau (@ochazukes) December 18, 2017
please, if all these are true.revil (@jinjjarevil) December 18, 2017
lets remember jonghyun for his smiles, his hardwork, his music, his love, his individuality, all good things about him, not because of what he had done.
How am I supposed to listen to SHINee's music again? How am I supposed to look at all the pictures on my walls?? My whole life, my entire world is surrounded with you. How am I supposed to live with all of this?? I want to wake up from this horrific dream!I LOVE YOU JONGHYUN. WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL (@DejaBooGirl_) December 18, 2017
"Jonghyun who loves music more than anyone and always did his best on stage, was really the best artist."Thank you, Jonghyun (@kwontwoji) December 18, 2017
Thank you for the inspiration, for the music, for the advocacies & for the fight you've given us. You will be in our hearts, forever.
Rest well now, Angel.@realjonghyun90 pic.twitter.com/j7yQfqAd5h
RIP, young man.
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