7:16 am - 12/18/2017

[Breaking News] SHINee’s Jonghyun Has Passed Away; Police and SM Confirm

Police have confirmed that SHINee’s Jonghyun (27) has passed away, and are currently investigating the singer’s death.

According to the police and fire department, Jonghyun was found unconscious in a residence on December 18 at approximately 6:45 p.m. KST. Emergency responders performed CPR and the singer was immediately rushed to the hospital, but in the end, Jonghyun was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead.

The police arrived at the scene at a report of disappearance filed by Jonghyun’s older sister, who reportedly received a final text from Jonghyun that led her to believe he would be attempting suicide.

At the residence, which, according to a source, was not Jonghyun’s own home but a place he had reserved for two nights, police found what appears to be burned coal, leading them to suspect the death was by suicide. However, police are still investigating the matter and have not confirmed the cause of death.

Jonghyun’s agency, SM Entertainment, reportedly cannot be reached at the moment.


Source: Soompi, 1, 2, 3, 4, SonexStella

I'm stunned and numb with disbelief.  I didn't want to believe it when I saw a mutual mention it on tumblr, and though someone was just playing some kind of sick joke, until I saw tons of news outlets confirming the information when I searched for it.

Edit OP note: I removed the text that Jongyun sent his sister, once it was pointed out that that shouldn't be something that gets spread around.  I'm sorry that I didn't realize that originally, and I apologize if it upset anyone further.

Edit OP note #2: This is a post from tumblr that I have seen circulating, please please please if you are suffering or if you are thinking about harming yourself, or if everything just seems like it's too much, or you just need someone to talk to, reach out to someone.  If you do not see your country listed here, please leave information in the comments and I will update.  Throwing this under an LJ cut because the list is long.

  • Depression Hotline:1-630-482-9696

  • Suicide Hotline:1-800-784-8433

  • LifeLine:1-800-273-8255

  • Trevor Project:1-866-488-7386

  • Sexuality Support:1-800-246-7743

  • Eating Disorders Hotline:1-847-831-3438

  • Rape and Sexual Assault:1-800-656-4673

  • Grief Support:1-650-321-5272

  • Runaway:1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000

  • Exhale:After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253

  • Child Abuse:1-800-422-4453

  • UK Helplines:

  • Samaritans (for any problem):08457909090 e-mail jo@samaritans.org

  • Childline (for anyone under 18 with any problem):08001111

  • Mind infoline (mental health information):0300 123 3393 e-mail: info@mind.org.uk

  • Mind legal advice (for people who need mental-health related legal advice):0300 466 6463 legal@mind.org.uk

  • b-eat eating disorder support:0845 634 14 14 (only open Mon-Fri 10.30am-8.30pm and Saturday 1pm-4.30pm) e-mail: help@b-eat.co.uk

  • b-eat youthline (for under 25’s with eating disorders):08456347650 (open Mon-Fri 4.30pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 1pm-4.30pm)

  • Cruse Bereavement Care:08444779400 e-mail: helpline@cruse.org.uk

  • Frank (information and advice on drugs):0800776600

  • Drinkline:0800 9178282

  • Rape Crisis England & Wales:0808 802 9999 1(open 2 - 2.30pm 7 - 9.30pm) e-mail info@rapecrisis.org.uk

  • Rape Crisis Scotland:08088 01 03 02 every day, 6pm to midnight

  • India Self Harm Hotline:00 08001006614

  • India Suicide Helpline:022-27546669

  • Kids Help Phone (Canada):1-800-668-6868, Free and available 24/7

  • suicide hotlines;

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  • Austria:01-713-3374

  • Barbados:429-9999

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jrt131n 18th-Dec-2017 01:24 pm (UTC)

I'm just....  I'm heartbroken...i just found out and I'm shaking. Honestly shaking.


adlyeith 18th-Dec-2017 01:26 pm (UTC)
Me too. I saw someone on tumblr saying their inbox was open if anyone needed to talk about what happened, and I didn't believe it at first. I'm still feeling numb, like it hasn't sunk in yet.
premonitioner 18th-Dec-2017 01:25 pm (UTC)
I've cried myself mostly dry and am now thinking about all the good times that he gave me and my friends over the years

please join me in remembering all the things he did that made you smile

i'll go first: getting headbutted in the crotch in hello baby

and every time he was feminist icon

Edited at 2017-12-18 01:27 pm (UTC)
chanyeolized 18th-Dec-2017 01:32 pm (UTC)
When he was one of the only idols talking about comfort women
bea_chan22 18th-Dec-2017 01:26 pm (UTC)
This is just so hard to take. I hope all the people around him get love and support that they need.

Rest well, Jjong. Your presence will be sorely missed.

PS: Fuck people that put down his illness just because he has fame and money... rme.

Edited at 2017-12-18 01:34 pm (UTC)
purified_dirt 18th-Dec-2017 02:35 pm (UTC)
PS: Fuck people that put down his illness just because he has fame and money... rme.

^ THIS! My sis and I were following the reports as they were breaking and praying fervently that they weren't true, when my mum asked us what we were reading so we filled her in (even mentioning that he has been battling depression for years) and the first thing she said was: oh was he the leader of SHINee? Must have been because of the scandals. Maybe he's stressed that SHINee's not as famous anymore. And my aunt added: but they've got so much money! It's probably because he was under tremendous stress and decided to commit suicide.

I just couldn't even be in the same room as them because that was so infuriating. I really wanted to tell them that mental illness is not a fucking myth but I couldn't because I knew that once I did, I'd be a sobbing mess. I can't process his death. He was the one who got me into kpop and I just hope that Jonghyun's at peace now... <3

(sorry for hijacking your comment and for the rant, bb.)
nana_the_dwarf 18th-Dec-2017 01:27 pm (UTC)
Still hard to believe he is gone.

This guy was such a breath of fresh air and a comfort with how he was so open minded and willing to learn. Such a kind soul and young talent gone too soon.

Please, be at peace, Jong. You will be missed.

Edited at 2017-12-18 01:29 pm (UTC)
demeulemeester 18th-Dec-2017 01:28 pm (UTC)
this is so sad, i hope he's found peace now
pinklunacy 18th-Dec-2017 01:28 pm (UTC)

I just couldn’t believe it when I first read the news. This is so heartbreaking. I hope he’s in peace now.

yoonjeonghan 18th-Dec-2017 01:28 pm (UTC)
said this on the ontd post but watching this unfold was heartbreaking. my heart dropped when I saw reports mentioning coal.

I was feeling numb and empty about this earlier but it’s really hit me now. Been crying about it for the past hour.

He was always vocal about his struggles and did his best to support people with theirs and it’s just tragic and unfair.
dothecrunge 18th-Dec-2017 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'm in utter shock over this... I knew he struggled with depression and insomnia but I never thought he would bring himself to this. I'm still in disbelief. This doesn't feel real.

My heart is cut up thinking about how he must have felt... It's especially chilling that I was at his concert just 8 days ago and he looked so healthy and happy....

I'm not sure when I'll be able to listen to his voice again without crying
anconeous 18th-Dec-2017 02:03 pm (UTC)
My sadistic self watched the video for Lonely an hour ago. Ended up crying all over again when I saw all the imagery and heard his voice. :(
haixiao 18th-Dec-2017 01:30 pm (UTC)
i've been crying on and off since the news first broke and i'm crying again as i write this comment
shinee was the first kpop group i ever got into back in 2011 when i was 15. jonghyun was my first bias, my first everything. i owe SO MUCH of my happiness and what i've done thus far in my life to him and to shinee.
i didn't want this to be real, god i wish this was just a bad dream. i just feel so fucking sad that he felt so lonely, so lost that he felt like he needed to kill himself to make whatever was hurting him stop. i have depression. i know how it feels but god it's just so fucking scary that someone i love and cherish so much is gone because of suicide. i'm so lucky because i got to see him live three times and that i got to spend six years with him but it just doesn't feel like enough. i wish he was still here. i wish he hadn't been hurting. i know he's not hurting anymore but fuck it's not fair. i hope this is a huge fucking wake up call for korea, for everyone. i hope shinee fans everywhere take this as a sign to take mental health seriously so this doesn't happen to anyone else. i'm so fucking sad.
i really cannot handle this. i'm calling out of work today because i just can't stop crying.
babyjenkski 18th-Dec-2017 04:58 pm (UTC)
*hugs sweetie* I hope you are doing ok and able to handle it when you're feeling depressed.
soyunatetera 18th-Dec-2017 01:30 pm (UTC)

This is heartbreaking.... so hard to believe, I've read the news like 2 hours ago and still doesn't seem real

jyusou 18th-Dec-2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
Heard this at work today.
It feels like only yesterday that I watched him and SHINee debut.
I am heartbroken.
happydirections 18th-Dec-2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
This has been the worst 15 minutes. My heart is absolutely broken and the tears won’t stop. Sweet Jonghyun... The pain he must have been dealing with to get to this point. I’m so saddened.
chanyeolized 18th-Dec-2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
Jonghyun your life has not been a waste. You've pulled me through the toughest of times and I will always remember you. You're a wonderful, kind, genuine person who will never ever be forgotten. You will never cease to be a part of my life. Your songs still being me hope and your loss will always be felt.
synatri 18th-Dec-2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
He's always been honest about his mental health issues and seeing this is just... horrifying. Just, idk idk. RIP.

Also, I hope byeolbyeol checks in, since iirc she's the biggest jjong stan on here.
volume1995 18th-Dec-2017 01:36 pm (UTC)
yeah she runs fyjjong on tumblr :(
really hope she's okay. sending you and her hugs.
timetobegin 18th-Dec-2017 01:32 pm (UTC)
I have no words, just sadness
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