- Shinee members and fans flooded social media platforms to wish late singer Jonghyun a happy birthday and to celebrate his accomplishments.
- His birthday remembrance comes after the fourth anniversary of his death on Dec. 18, 2017.
- The singer died from suicide at the age of 27, most likely due to declining mental health.
Shinee members and fans have taken to social media to remember late singer-songwriter Jonghyun (Kim Jong-hyun) on his birthday.
Born April 8, 1990, Jonghyun performed with members Onew (Lee Jin-ki), Key (Kim Ki-bum), Minho (Choi Min-ho) and Taemin (Lee Tae-min) in the vastly popular second-generation K-pop group Shinee for nine years as their main vocalist. He was well-known for his vocal range which spanned over three octaves, for his talent as a composer, producer and as a successful solo artist.
SM Entertainment, remembered the late SHINee member, Kim Jonghyun, in a touching video for his first death anniversary.
The 27-year-old K-Pop star passed on Dec. 18, 2017 after what investigators treat as possible suicide through carbon monoxide poisoning. His family did not request for an autopsy.
SM Entertainment, the label that represents former SHINee member Kim Jong-hyun, known simply as Jonghyun, officially released the late artist’s posthumous album “Poet | Artist,” and the title song’s music video “Shinin”.
Jonghyun, the lead singer of the Korean pop group SHINee, died in an apparent suicide last year in December. The 27-year-old singer, who was struggling with depression, reportedly sent a message to his sister before committing suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. It read: “It’s been too hard. Please send me off. Tell everyone I’ve had a hard time. Tell me I did well. This is my last goodbye.”
Fellow SHINee members and Super Junior labelmates carried the coffin of Kim Jong-hyun to his funeral on December 21.
Jonghyun, main vocalist of the esteemed K-Pop male group, committed suicide on December 18 via carbon monoxide poisoning in his apartment in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.
On Tuesday, NBC Chicago attempted to report on the passing of SHINee’s Kim Jonghyun; unfortunately, they confused Jonghyun with BTS’ Kim Namjoon — better known by his stage name, RM (formerly Rap Monster).
Those mourning Jonghyun’s death were outraged, calling for an immediate apology from NBC Chicago, even trending #NBCChicagoApologize on twitter.
Early Tuesday evening, NBC Chicago reported Kim Jonghyun of SHINee’s death on live television. His tragic death has caused the K-pop community to grieve, as well as start a dialogue about mental health in the industry.