Pop Star Jonghyun Of SHINee Dies At 27

Jonghyun's talent agency releases emotional statement as SHINee star dies aged 27

Kim Jong-hyun, singer of popular K-pop group SHINee, died Monday in an apparent suicide, police said. Police received a call from his sister around 4:42 pm. that he had sent a text message indicating that he was going to kill himself.

Jonghyun was taken to the hospital in Seoul where he was later pronounced dead after being found unconscious in his apartment - reportedly after inhaling toxic fumes from coal burning on a frying pan.

Tributes flooded in on social media as news of Jonghyun's death spread. "The depression that has slowly been eating me away has finally gobbled me up". "Final farewell." It was later revealed that his cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning. One Twitter user wrote, "Today we lost one of the most talented artists in Korea".

"No words can describe how heartbroken I am".

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, member of South Korean band SHINee, Jonghyun performs during their concert in Hong Kong.




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.

SM said in a statement: "Hello, this is SM Entertainment". "On December 18th, SHINee's Jonghyun left us very suddenly".

He was moved to a nearby hospital but later died, police were quoted as saying.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones and fans during this hard time.

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