Several K-pop stars paid tribute to Kim Jonghyun on Monday, December 18, after the SHINee lead singer died at the age of 27.
Police told South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency that Jonghyun was found unconscious at an apartment in Seoul on Monday night. He was pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital. Authorities believe Jonghyun’s death may have been a suicide as he sent a “last goodbye” text message to his sister earlier in the day.
After the news broke, Jonghyun’s fellow K-pop singers took to social media. “I can’t believe it… The first time I went to Korea, the weather was very cold then. The first time I went to a broadcast station, I heard the song ‘Hot Times’ for the first time. It left such a beautiful memory,” former EXO member Tao wrote on Instagram. “Because of that stage, that song, I wanted to quickly go onto the stage myself and wanted to start practicing. Thank you for being my strength. … Right now my feelings are just… impossible to describe.”
15& member Park J-min took to Twitter, writing, “Please I can’t believe it still. Rest in peace.” 2PM vocalist Jun. K tweeted, “My heart hurts so much. Inside that bright image we saw there must have been so much conflict and pain… I hope he rests peacefully.”
Please I can’t believe it still. Rest in peace
— 지민지민지민 (@jiminpark07) December 18, 2017
너무 가슴이 아프다.
우리에게 비춰진 그 밝은 모습 안에
얼마나 많은 고민과 아픔이 있었을까..
부디 편히 쉴 수 있기를..
— JUN. K (@Jun2daKAY) December 18, 2017
Day6’s Jae tweeted, “As one of my first Korean influences, my heart aches for this tragedy. From the bottom of my heart, may he rest in peace.” 2PM’s Junho added, “I refuse to believe it. I don’t want to believe it.”
As one of my first Korean influences, my heart aches for this tragedy. From the bottom of my heart, may he rest in peace.
— Day6 Jae (@Jae_Day6) December 18, 2017
— REAL JUNHO LEE (@dlwnsghek) December 18, 2017