SEOUL, South Korea — The lead singer of popular South Korean boy band SHINee died on Monday, police said, in a possible suicide.
Kim Jong-hyun, better known by the stage name Jonghyun, was found unconscious at a residence hotel in Seoul and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, Seoul police said.
Police said Kim’s sister told them that the singer sent her text messages such as “Final farewell” and “I’ve had difficulties” before his death.
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(April 8, 1990 – December 18, 2017), better known by the mononymJonghyun, was a South Korean singer-songwriter, and radio host. He was a vocalist of the South Korean boy group Shinee… ALWAYS LOVED AND NEVER FORGOTTEN pic.twitter.com/c8uqUnHf1X
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Police said they have not yet determined whether he killed himself.
Yonhap news agency said authorities found burned coal briquettes, which produce carbon monoxide, in a frying pan in Kim’s hotel room.
Kim debuted in 2008 as the main singer of SHINee, and cultivated a career as both a group member and a solo singer-song writer. His last public appearance was at a solo concert titled “Inspired” on Dec. 9-10 in Seoul, and he was scheduled to hold concerts with SHINee members in Tokyo and Osaka in February, Yonhap said.
South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates among developed countries. A string of high-profile figures, including a former president and business executives, have killed themselves in recent years.
Thank you so much for your hard work.
ㅡ LeeHi (breath)
and for making such beautiful lyrics, jjongie~ㅠㅠ
ㅡ Kim Jong Hyun (18.04.90-18.12.17) pic.twitter.com/3Kh0gI3i2B
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