Fans of hugely popular K-Pop band SHINee are mourning today, after the lead singer Kim Jong-hyun sadly passed away in hospital overnight.
Kim was found unconscious inside a residence in Seoul, South Korea, a police official told Reuters.
“His sister was first to call the police assuming that he might commit suicide,” the official told the news outlet.
Yonhap news agency said the singer sent a message to his sister, asking her to “let me go.”
SHINee, a boy band, is one of the most popular in South Korea. Kim also worked as a solo artist, and was part of SHINee for close to a decade.
Fans have taken to Twitter to express their grief.
SHINee is *that* group that most K-pop fans like even if you’re not a stan. They’re that impactful and great, and in a big part, it’s because of Jonghyun’s innate talent. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. I for one am thankful for everything he gave us 💚
— Alexis Hodoyán ✿ (@hoe_doyan) December 18, 2017
Heartbreaking news coming from South Korea today that Jonghyun has passed away. The 27-year-old was a member of K-pop act SHINee and a successful solo artist. He was a true talent and creative, and will be dearly missed. I’m still having trouble taking in the news. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/MdURLjsB8I
— Jeff Benjamin (@Jeff__Benjamin) December 18, 2017
R.I.P. Kim Jonghyun.. Shawols will miss you so much.. Shawols will never forget you.. You will always be in our hearts wherever we go.. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭#KimJonghyun #Jonghyun #SHINEE
— Ryeosomnia (@ELF_BTSone18) December 18, 2017
#SHINee jonghyun He was such a big inspiration for me when i first started to get into kpop. My heart hurts and in still not able to process what has happen. He is now a beautiful angel up in heaven.He can now rest up there without a worry. R.i.p Kim Jonghyun 😭✨ pic.twitter.com/KZHCkkOtys
— taroomilkteaaaaaa (@JAM_LESS_CLUB) December 18, 2017