On December 18th, 2017 Police have confirmed the tragic death of SHINee (샤이니) member Jonghyun (종현).
As there have been several variations of what happened reported, we are unable to provide specific details until they are released by police. As of now, reports are stating that it was Jonghyun’s sister who contacted police. It has been reported that she received concerning texts which prompted her actions. She believed he would attempt suicide. When police arrived they reportedly found the singer unconscious. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital where revival efforts took place. Despite best efforts, the artist was pronounced dead on the night of December 18th, 2017. (KST).
Despite fans hopes of the news being false, both the police and SM Entertainment have confirmed the tragic loss. SM stating that his family, his group, other SM artists, and other staff who have known the artist for a long time are shocked and heartbroken by the news. Also stating that “Jonghyun was a truly great artist who loved music more than anyone and always did his best on stage.”
As we face this tragic loss today we here at OSKP would like to remind you that if you are feeling hopeless, lost, or alone, there is help. Please reach out, you are not alone. This is a list of International Suicide Hotlines. As well as a Korean hotline (as it is not included in the first list). You are not alone, and nobody should ever have to feel that death is the only way out. There is help.
In honor of Kim Jonghyun, we’d like to take a moment to look back on his time in this world.
Kim Jonghyun born April 8th, 1990 was a member of SM’s group SHINee, he debuted with the group in 2008. During his time with SM and with his group, Jonghyun became well known for the role he took in the production of not only his group’s albums but his own as well. Writing a staggering number of their songs. At the time, this wasn’t commonly seen amongst kpop – SM especially – artists. He has since been praised and admired greatly for his musical talents and abilities.
Jonghyun’s fans also know him to be a sweet and kind-hearted person who did his best to help the world around him. All of the proceeds from his first full-length studio “She Is” were donated to an SM and Unicef collaboration project titled “Smile For u.” This project aids music education charity work for children throughout Asia.
His own love and generosity have been shown through the actions of his fans as well. Throughout the years individual fans and fansites alike have donated to a large number of charities. We will be including a few of these charities in case anyone would like to donate to them in his honor.
Jonghyun was such a wonderful soul, an artist who loved his fans and the world in general. He was a bright light in a cold world. You will be severely missed. You are so loved and the lives you have touched will never be the same. Thank you for all you have done for those around you and for your fans. You were the light that so many looked to for strength and happiness. I hope that you rest peacefully. We love you.