As fans across the world continue to mourn, the family of the late Jonghyun gathered at Seoul’s Asan hospital today, December 20, to help prepare his body for tomorrow’s funeral.
His parents and sister Kim Sodam were joined by SHINee members Onew, Minho, Key and Taemin at the hospital’s funeral parlour.
Later in the day the funeral hall opened to members of the general public and fans who had gathered to pay their respects to Jonghyun before he is buried on December 21.
The funeral and burial site itself will remain private, according to an SM Entertainment spokesman. “We hope to keep the final stages of this painful process calm and peaceful,” he added.
While unable to join to join his EXO members with other idols on December 19, Lay flew in from China early this morning and was able to pay his respects in the early hours.
The funeral procession begins this evening at 9pm KST with a funeral service tomorrow morning at an undisclosed location.
Last night Korea’s SBS News released what’s believed to be the last known video footage of Jonghyun, shopping at a convenience store in Seoul on December 18 – the same day he passed away.
He could be seen dressed in a black hoodie and puffer coat, picking up items at a small shop in a hotel. The store visit would have happened moments after he sent suicidal text messages to his sister.