SHINee K-pop star Kim Jonghyun’s three-day funeral began on Tuesday, December 19, and fans are mourning the loss of the group’s lead singer.
The first service, which was held for fans at the at the Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, started the three-day funeral. Five hundred fans with flowers and pictures of the late singer gathered to remember Jonghyun. The remaining members of SHINee reportedly led the service after canceling their work obligations following Jonghyun’s passing.
As previously reported, Jonghyun died on Monday, December 18, after he was found unconscious at a rented apartment studio in Cheongdam-dong in Seoul. Jonghyun was transported to a nearby hospital under cardiac arrest and received emergency CPR treatment, but did not regain consciousness. Authorities believe Jonghyun’s death may have been a suicide as he sent a “last goodbye” text message to his sister earlier in that day, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. He was 27 years old.
Fans also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Jonghyun.
“A star that shined brightly on stage for 10 years,now a star in the sky,” one fan tweeted. “We always gonna remember you&never forget how a good person you was. You will be in our memories forever Shinee didn’t lose a member, they gained an angelRest In Peace, kim Jonghyun.”
See more tweets from Jonghyun’s fans below.
— Jj (@Juliet_Wiku) December 19, 2017
Kim Jonghyun your final letter breaks my heart. As someone who has depression I understand how you felt and I hope that you are feeling and living in peace now. Prayers to the family and to SHINee.!!🖤You did well, you worked hard, you’ve been through a lot, Goodbye.
— Lesly King (@leslyking2416) December 19, 2017
— Pri 👑 (@princessdca13) December 19, 2017
They are forever, they will always be 5. Even though Jonghyun is no longer here, he will always be part of shinee. He’s in a better place looking out for his brothers
— ⭐ϒҿى§ϊ ⭐ (@ariessangel) December 19, 2017
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