SHINee Lead Singer Kim Jong-Hyun dies at 27

Korean news sites such as Yonhap News and The Korea Herald have confirmed the death of 27-year-old Kim Jong-hyun, aka Jonghyun, the lead singer of K-Pop boy band SHINee.

Jonghyun has reportedly died by suicide, leaving Jong-hyun’s older sister an apparent note.

“It’s been really hard for me until now. Please let me go, and tell me I’ve worked hard, last good bye,” it read. According to Koreaboo, the cause of his death is carbon monoxide poisoning.

An official statement has been released by SHINee’s management company SM Entertainment:

“We are sorry to be the bringer of such tragic, heart-breaking news… On December 18th, SHINee’s Jonghyun left us very suddenly. Our sadness cannot compare to the pain of his family, who had to say goodbye to a son and a brother. But we have spent a long time with him, and SHINee members and SM Entertainment staff are all in deep mourning and shock.

Jonghyun loved music more than anybody else and he was an artist who did everything to perform his absolute best on stage. It breaks our heart to have to bring this news to fans who loved Jonghyun so much.

Please refrain from reporting on rumors and guesswork so the family of the deceased can honor him in peace. As per the wish of the family, the funeral will be held quietly with his relatives and company colleagues. Once again we show our deepest condolences to Jonghyun on his last journey.”

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