Kim Jong-hyun, a key member of certainly one of South Korea’s largest boy bands, SHINee, has died. He was 27.
The singer, who carried out below the title Jonghyun, was discovered unconscious in a rented Seoul house on Monday night. He obtained emergency CPR remedy upon his arrival at a hospital however was later pronounced lifeless.
Investigators consider he died from inhaling poisonous fumes after discovering coal briquettes burnt in a frying pan in his house.
Kim’s band, SHINee, is certainly one of South Korea’s hottest boy bands, and signed with the nation’s largest music label, SM Leisure, in 2008. Kim additionally had a profitable solo profession as a singer-songwriter. His debut solo album in 2015 topped the US Billboard World Albums chart.
South Korean information company Yonhap reports Jong-hyun’s sister made an initial report to police after receiving a text message from the singer saying “Please let me go. Tell me I did well,” and “final farewell”.
SM Entertainment, the company which formed the band, has issued a statement confirming Kim’s death. The statement reads:
Hello, this is SM Entertainment.
We’re sorry to deliver such heart-aching, unfortunate news.
On December 18, SHINee member Jonghyun left our side unexpectedly.
He was found unconscious at a residential hotel in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul and was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on the evening of the 18th.
The deep sorrow cannot be compared to ones of his family who had to let go of their loving son and brother but the employees and artists of SM Entertainment, also in deep shock and sorrow, are offering condolences.
Jonghyun was the best artist who loved music more than anyone and always worked hard for his performance.
It is devastating to deliver such sad news to the fans who gave him great love.
We ask you to refrain from making rumors or assumption based reports in respect of his family who are in deep sorrow from the sudden news.
As his family wished, his funeral will be carried out in the quietest manner with his family members and co-workers.
Once again, we offer our deepest condolence.
“Johnhyun. The person who loved music more than anyone, who enjoyed the stage, who liked to communicate with fans through music, the best artist. We will remember you forever,” the caption reads.
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