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K-Pop Stars Pay Tribute to Kim Jonghyun After SHINee Singer’s Death

Several K-pop stars paid tribute to Kim Jonghyun on Monday, December 18, after the SHINee lead singer died at the age of 27.

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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.

Jonghyun of SHINee attends the ‘SHINee World IV’ press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on May 17, 2015. Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

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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.”

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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.”