K-Pop Singer Jonghyun Died After Attempting Suicide, Police Confirm

Korean boyband star Jonghyun died after attempting to take his own life, Gangnam Police have confirmed.

It was reported the SHINee singer had passed away on Monday (18 December), with the police now confirming he died after being rushed to hospital “in a state of cardiac arrest”.

In a statement, they revealed they were called to Jonghyun’s residence in Chungdam by the 27-year-old’s sister, after she received a worrying message from him. 

Upon arriving at his address, they discovered he had attempted suicide.

The statement added: “Emergency responders were with us at the time so we rushed him to the Konkuk University Hospital in a state of cardiac arrest.”

Jonghyn joined SHINee when they first formed in 2008, and the group became one of only a handful of K-pop groups to find international success.

As the lead singer, Jonghyn also wrote many of the band’s chart-topping singles, including ‘Juliette’.

In 2015, he launched a solo career, with his debut studio album ‘She Is’ peaking at No. 1 on the South Korean charts.

His most recent music came earlier this year, when SHINee released album ‘Five’ for the Japanese market.

Jonghyun’s funeral is expected to be carried out in the following days, with SM Entertainment – the company that founded the group – writing it would be “carried out in the quietest manner with his family members and co-workers”.

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