Read K-pop Star Jonghyun Of SHINee's Final Letter Before Ending His Life.


Read K-pop Star Jonghyun Of SHINee's Final Letter Before Ending His Life.

SHINee - is a South Korean boy group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2008. The group is composed of four members: Onew, Key, Minho and Taemin. Shinee were introduced as a contemporary R&B boy group by their company with the goal to be trendsetters in all areas of music, fashion, dance, etc. and debuted in May, 2008 with their first EP, Replay on SBS's Inkigayo with their single "Replay". The group gained attention for starting a fashion trend amongst students, which the media dubbed the "Shinee Trend"


Shinee's record label, SM Entertainment, confirmed the 27-year-old singer’s demise in a statement Monday.

“We are sorry to deliver such heartbreaking and unfortunate news,” the statement read. “On December 18, Shinee member Jonghyun suddenly left us.”

The SM Entertainment added “Jonghyun was the best artist who loved music more than anyone and gave his all on the stage,” the statement said. “It is heartbreaking to deliver such sad news to the fans who loved him.”

The singer was found unconscious Monday afternoon at his residential hotel in Cheongdam-dong, a high-end enclave of the Gangnam District in Seoul, and rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was later declared dead, the SM statement said.


Jonghyun’s sister told police she received foreboding text messages from her brother alluding to a “final farewell” and called emergency responders late Monday afternoon because she feared Jonghyun was going to take his own life, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

Investigators found coal briquettes burning in a pan when they arrived and suspect he may have died of carbon monoxide inhalation. Police have not yet ruled the death a suicide and an autopsy will be conducted.



Benjamin, an editor at Fuse TV who has also been a K-pop columnist for Billboard for five years, said he came to appreciate Jonghyun’s thoughtful approach to musicmaking, as well as his signature way of singing. (“He has this belt that just sort of gives you chills automatically,” he said.)

However, Benjamin hesitated to compare Shinee with an American boy band because, unlike a lot of U.S. groups, Shinee has maintained relevancy and strong record sales for nearly a decade.

“Our boy bands tend to maybe not age so gracefully,” Benjamin said. “[Shinee was] still just as hot as they were.”

The singer’s death stunned fans around the globe and shed light on the singer’s struggles with mental health. As news spread, Shinee fans — who call themselves “Shawols,” an amalgam of the band name and “world” — first responded with skepticism and disbelief. 

After SM Entertainment released its statement Monday confirming Jonghyun’s death, tributes to the singer poured forth from “devastated” fans and fellow artists. Even in the United States, Jonghyun and Shinee were trending on Twitter, and remembrances often intersected with another trending hashtag, #MyMentalHealthIn5Words.

Here's Jonghyun final letter that translated by Stella @sonexstella in her Twitter account:





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