A talented and successful idol at such a young age, JongHyun of SHINee seemed to have everything going well for him.
Which is why South Korea and K-Pop fans have been shocked by the recent tragedy. Kim JongHyun was found unconscious in a smoke-filled residence on December 18th. He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead at 6:30 PM KST. The cause of his death is currently being ruled as suicide as investigations are still on-going.
JongHyun was loved by many K-Pop fans and was an influential figure in the K-Pop entertainment scene. He first debuted in 2008 and was also an active advocate of improving South Korea's education policies along with LGBT issues.
His sister became concerned after receiving messages from him that expressed heavy depression and suicidal tendencies. Some of the messages contained expressions such as 'Just let me go now'', 'Tell everyone thank you for me', 'It's been tough up until now.' , 'This is my last farewell to you.'
She then filed a report to the police and asked that they check up on him before it's too late. Investigations are currently on-going at the moment but it has also been reported there is a possibility that police will not further investigate into the matter because of the clear evidence that points to suicide.
According to SM Entertainment, JongHyun's funeral will take place at Seoul Asan Hospital today at noon.