K-pop singer Jonghyun died in a suspected suicide
SHINee lead singer and K-Pop star Kim Jong-hyun, better known by his stage name Jonghyun, died Monday evening (Dec. 18) at 27 in what police are investigating as a possible suicide.
“Please let me go. Tell me I did well. Final farewell,” the texts read. Next to the singer’s body, authorities found burned coal briquettes, which produce carbon monoxide, in a frying pan.
SHINee debuted on the K-Pop music scene in 2008 with their first album, The SHINee World, and the group has reached a huge amount of success in the near-decade since its formation, with a string of Japanese-language albums and trend-setting styles.
Kim also launched a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter in 2015, with three albums over the last three years, as well as a book, Skelton Flower, published in 2015.