Shinee singer Kim Jong-hyun: K-pop boy band superstar dies

19 December, 2017, 11:09 | Author: Raquel Nash
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South Korean pop artist Kim Jonghyun has died at 27.

South Korean news agency 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".

Burning coal briquettes, which release carbon monoxide, is a common method of suicide in South Korea, which has one of the world's highest suicide rates.

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.

He was scheduled to hold concerts with SHINee members in Tokyo and Osaka in February, Yonhap reported.

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Earlier this year, the group went on a world tour that took in the USA and released their fifth album, titled Five. It was just last week he was performing on stage at his solo Inspired concert. Photos posted on social media showed throngs of fans standing in front of the Seoul hospital where his body lies. "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".

"SHINee was one of the very first K-pop groups I ever became a fan of and it hurts to think that this is real".

Shocked fans have been paying tribute on Twitter. "I'm heartbroken and devastated by the news". "Rest in peace, Jonghyun", another tweeted.

K-pop emerged in South Korea in the early 1990s, and labels such as JYP, DSP and YG built the nation's pop industry from the ground up, creating a training scheme that churned out stars for music, soap operas and movies.

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