The K-pop world is in mourning today after SHINee leader Jonghyun passed away at the age of 27.
Born Kim Jong Hyun, the singer was found unconscious at his home in Seoul this morning, December 18, and died in hospital.
A statement released by the Gangnam Police Department says, “On December 18, 2017 at 4:42PM Jonghyun’s older sister reported to Police that her brother was about to commit suicide.”
“We went to his residence in Chungdam and discovered that he had attempted to commit suicide. Emergency responders were with us at the time so we rushed him to the Konkuk University Hospital in a state of cardiac arrest.”
His cause of death is said to be carbon monoxide poisoning, which could have been caused by breathing in fumes. His body was allegedly found next to be a piece of burning coal.
SHINee debuted in 2008 and quickly became one of the most popular groups on the K-pop scene around the world, including Japan where their debut single “Replay” sold over 100,000 copies, the highest number of sales for a K-pop debut in the country so far.