Korean SHINee Singer Jonghyun Dead at 27 After Apparent Suicide
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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.

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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.

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"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.

RIP, young man.

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