K-pop boy band SHINee’s lead singer Kim Jong-hyun dies after being found unconscious

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This is just one of those flash news that you wish is fake.

The lead singer of one of K-pop’s top boy bands SHINee, Kim Jong-hyun, died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious.

Several news outlets including the Yonhap news agency and Reuters said he was found unconscious in a Seoul apartment.

The singer had checked into a serviced residence on December 18 and was found unconscious hours later by police who immediately went to the apartment after receiving an emergency call from his sister.

Jong-hyun had, as per a Metro Co Uk story, sent his sister a text message earlier which had her worried: “It’s been too hard. Please send me off. Tell everyone I’ve had a hard time. This is my last goodbye.”

An update from ABS CBN also said Kim was found with a burning coal briquette nearby and that it is suspected that he may have taken his own life.

Meanwhile, SM Entertainment have confirmed his demise.


Die hard fans, who know the K-pop star more than we do, flooded Jong-hyun’s recent social media account posts with “rest in peace” “stay strong” and “please tell us this isn’t true” messages.


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The K-pop star’s Instagram account has 4.5M followers while his band SHINee’s IG account has 532k followers and Facebook page has 5.9M followers as of posting.