Earlier today, the k-pop fandom was hit with a difficult blow. Reports surfaced confirming that Jonghyun from SHINee had been found unresponsive in Seoul. The popular singer was announced dead at a local hospital, leaving the industry stunned by the sudden passing. Now, fans are taking to social media to mourn the singer, and netizens from around the world are offering their support.
According to reports, Kim Jonghyun passed on Monday morning after the singer-producer was found unconscious in a residence hotel in Cheongdam-dong. The singer’s label, SM Entertainment, has since confirmed Jonghyun did pass and that a cause of death has yet to be revealed. Initial reports suspect the idol committed suicide as burnt coal was found at the scene, suggesting death by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fans of SHINee will be familiar with Jonghyun’s accomplishments, but the world is now learning about the gifted singer in light of his passing. As the group’s main vocalist, Jonghyun was an immensely talented singer who excelled with SHINee and his solo career. Since the idol debuted in 2008, Jonghyun has been praised for his strong vocals, and SHINee has gone on to top characters in South Korea, China, Japan, and the United States.
you were more than enough
you did matter
you were talented
you always made us proud
im sorry you ever doubted that— Rip My Angel Jonghyun (@pjmhwall) December 18, 2017
Jonghyun. My dear, dear flower. You were so good. Too good for this world. Too pure. Too kind. You've done nothing wrong, my flower. Please sing a lot up there. And shine bright on night sky, just like a star you were. #PleaseBeStrongSHAWOLS #Jonghyun— 방탄소년단~민윤기 (@yoongininkarisi) December 18, 2017
Shawols, please stay strong, please don’t hurt yourself, please talk to your friends/family, talk to us, we’re all here for you loves ❤️— you did well Jonghyun (@dalnimed) December 18, 2017
I am truly crushed. I, and I’m sure many of you, grew up with SHINee, with Jonghyun. Rest easy. We will always love you in the present and all throughout the future.— out of context kpop (@nocontextkpop) December 18, 2017
Rest well my king. Your impact will be a part of our lives forever. Your smile and angelic voice will never be forgotten. Tonight when we look outside and see the brightest star, we'll know it's you. Watch over us with the smile we all love so much #Jonghyun #StayStrongSHINee— ✨ rip Jonghyun ✨ (@jungkooksfart) December 18, 2017
The legacy Jonghyun leaves behind is an immense one, and fans are doing their best to honor the idol’s successes in this dark time. The singer was an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights despite South Korea’s largely conservative views, and Jonghyun shared his own struggles with mental health on his radio shows and in his books. Fans say they will remember the talented singer for all the joy he brought them over the last nine years, and their thoughts are all with Jonghyun’s loved ones.
If you want to pay tribute to Jonghyun or share your favorite memories of the singer, you can visit sites like Twitter to connect with fellow fans. You can find me on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics, k-pop, and anime.