SM Entertainment have paid tribute to SHINee‘s Jonhyun, who tragically passed away this morning.
In a statement sent out to media outlets across the globe, the agency revealed that SHINee members and staff are in mourning after experiencing the loss of someone so dear.
“We are sorry to delivery grievous news that makes everyone’s heart ache,” a spokesman writes on behalf of the company. “On December 18, SHINee member Jonghyun suddenly left our side. He was discovered unconscious at a residence in Cheongdam, Seoul, and was transferred to a university hospital nearby, but was declared dead on the evening of the 18th.”
“Out sadness cannot compared to his immediate family’s who have lost a beloved son and dongsaeng, however, SHINee members who spent a long time with him, our SM Entertainment label mates and employees are mourning his death amidst huge shock and sadness.”
“Jonghyun was the ultimate artist, who loved music more than anyone and always put in his best efforts on stage. Our heart aches even more delivering this sad news to fans who gave unconditional love to Jonghyun.”
“We earnestly ask everyone to refrain from rumors and speculations as his immediate family, who have fallen into great sadness at the sudden sad news, are mourning the death of their loved one.”
“The plan is to have the quietest possible funeral with family and company colleagues, according to the wishes of his immediate family.”
“Once again, we are sending deep condolences on the final path of the deceased.”