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.

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dickslikejesus 18th-Dec-2017 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm just some fucking guy honestly, but if any of you, even the ones I've fought with before, need someone to vent at or talk to or whatever. My inbox on LJ is always open, and I typically respond within the same day, otherwise my twitter is @papamurdy and I'm very good at listening these days.

I'm sure you have someone closer you can reach out to, but I know how much this hurts, and if I can help even one person it's totally worth it.

Please take care of yourselves everyone. RIP Kim Jonghyun, I hope people remember your career and the light you shone down upon the entirety of KPOP. You made mistakes, but unlike most you seemed heartfelt in your apologies and your anxiousness to understand what you did wrong. You were real, and true, and a beacon in the darkness. You will be forever missed, but never forgotten. My condolences to his friends, family, and fans.
goshipgurl 19th-Dec-2017 01:15 am (UTC)
kinda OT but i read "and a bacon in the darkness" and started laughing
sra_interesante 18th-Dec-2017 11:29 pm (UTC)
in one hand i want to make a post about all idols that are writing condolences and beautiful words to him on sns.... but now that Cloud his friend/former blue night fixed guest posted his full goodbye letter he sended to his closest friends ... i feel like it can be too triggering ... i dont know if i ever will be ready to read that letter again 💔

Edited at 2017-12-18 11:30 pm (UTC)
musicsporty1 18th-Dec-2017 11:51 pm (UTC)
That would be a lovely post to see...hopefully one day soon. If it doesn't feel right, I would trust that.
musicsporty1 18th-Dec-2017 11:31 pm (UTC)
I felt silly crying over someone I didn't know personally...but work today was rough. I know that I'm not wrong for feeling this way, I knew no one at work would understand. But, one of my coworkers was very understanding. It was nice.
I feel comfort knowing I am not alone in the loss I am feeling today. I send my love to you all~~
lightframes 18th-Dec-2017 11:56 pm (UTC)
I thought this was a joke. I wish it was.

Jonghyun was my favorite idol and SHINee my favorite group, so in a weird way it seems like I've grown up with them/watched them grow up. I feel like I took it for granted that he'd always be around giving us music and standing up for the weak.

Everyone, please reach out if you need help. It's hard but there are people who want to help.
kamoteatmani 18th-Dec-2017 11:57 pm (UTC)
His full letter was posted publicly with his family’s permission on Dear Cloud’s Nine’s IG. Someone was kind enough to do a full translation of it.

Fair warning this letter is very triggering:

I’m still so heartbroken. No one deserves to feel like what Jjong felt :(

Edited at 2017-12-19 12:02 am (UTC)
modestgoddess79 18th-Dec-2017 11:59 pm (UTC)
I was at work this morning when I found out so I just kinda pushed my feelings down. I have a history of depression and a family history of suicide. Suicide is very triggering for me. I’m so sorry that he was suffering. I’m also sorry for his family. It sucks being on the survivors side of it.
lycorisc 19th-Dec-2017 01:04 am (UTC)
fuck. i miss you already jjong. i'm gutted
taeminsponytail 19th-Dec-2017 01:05 am (UTC)
I'm back here again, admittedly I haven't followed Korean media for years now but this is truly heartbreaking.
Shinee was there for me when I needed them most. It's devastating to hear such a talented young person passes on under these circumstances. Hope he has found peace and that those left behind that loved him find the strength to keep on going.
chloe1910 19th-Dec-2017 01:21 am (UTC)
I'm really shocked and sadden by this news.

May he rest in peace and deepest condolences to his family, friends, co-workers and Shawols.
klauses 19th-Dec-2017 02:59 am (UTC)
Very sad... RIP
shawarmafordays 19th-Dec-2017 07:57 am (UTC)
The last 24 hours have been so exhausting. I was at an office Christmas Party when the news broke and I had no idea what was real or not. I feel so drained and so sorry towards him.

As someone who listened to SHINee when I first got into Kpop in '09, this is so heartbreaking. I have no words, 27 is not an age to die. Not by suicide, especially not by suicide. I hope this doesn't trigger anyone reading but just started therapy and I'm trying to work on a lot of my issues.

My heart goes out to Jonghyun, I pray and hope that he's in a better place compared to how he suffered while alive. My prayers are especially with his family, friends and colleagues, this is so heartbreaking. If anyone needs to talk, my DMs are open.

I don't even know what to say especially to his fans.
oncloud999 19th-Dec-2017 08:25 am (UTC)
I still can't believe it... Shinee was one of my first groups to follow.

Rest in peace! sounds like he was super depressed and couldn't see a way out of his depression.
magicpineapple 19th-Dec-2017 01:46 pm (UTC)
I just woke up [literally] 5min ago to this news....

Oh. My. God.
All I can really say is....
Thank you for sharing your music, for making us laugh, for making us think, for bringing us happiness...
Wherever you are, Jonghyun, I hope that you are finally at peace.
Thank you.

If anyone needs to talk, DM me here [I'll give my tumblr/ig/twitter/whatever ID's if it is easier for you to talk thru any of those platforms instead].

Edited at 2017-12-19 01:50 pm (UTC)
funishin 19th-Dec-2017 04:26 pm (UTC)
It's been a day and I still have not recovered. I am utterly devastated by this. I barely slept at all last night from feeling sick and I just could not stop thinking about his note, about how he must have been feeling. It's heartbreaking to know that he was in so much pain. He has always been my favorite person and now he's gone... It hurts a lot. I just wish there was something more that could have been done to help him. I am still wishing that this is a bad dream but I know it's not. At least he is not in pain anymore and that's really the only comfort I can get from all this.
aleksu7 19th-Dec-2017 05:28 pm (UTC)
I was so disconnected from kpop that I just found out.
It doesn't feel real. I know he struggled with depression but... Idk. Poor guy he was so kind, open minded... A sweetheart.
RIP dear.
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