K-Pop Singer Jonghyun Dies At 27

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A popular South Korean pop star has died at the age of 27.

Kim Jong-hyun, who was widely known by his stage name, Jonghyun, died on Dec. 18 after he was found unconscious at a hotel in Seoul, according to Rolling Stone. Jonghyun was one of the members of the popular group SHINee. Authorities are reported to be investigating Jonghyun's death as a possible suicide.

Police found Jonghyun after his sister reported that she had received disturbing texts from her brother.

"Please let me go," the texts are reported to have read. "Tell me I did well. Final farewell."

Investigators discovered coal briquettes burned in a frying pan in the hotel room. The briquettes can produce carbon monoxide when burned.

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After he was found in the hotel, Jonghyun was rushed to a nearby hospital in a state of cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Jonghyun sang and danced in the five-member group SHINee, which released its first EP in 2008, according to Billboard. The group released several albums that topped Korean charts.

More recently, Jonghyun had embarked on a successful solo career, releasing three albums since 2015 along with a book, "Skelton Flower," explaining the stories behind his music.

S.M. Entertainment, SHINee's record label, issued a statement on Jonghyun's death:

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The deep sorrow cannot be compared to ones of his family who had to let go of their loving son and brother but the employees and artists of SM Entertainment, also in deep shock and sorrow, are offering condolences.

Jonghyun was the best artist who loved music more than anyone and always worked hard for his performance ... We ask you to refrain from making rumors or assumptions based on reports in respect of his family who are in deep sorrow from the sudden news. As his family wished, his funeral will be carried out in the quietest manner with his family members and co-workers.

The K-Pop star's death led to an outpouring of support from SHINee fans, who are nicknamed "shawols."

"My deepest condolences to jonghyun's family, friends, shinee, and to every single shawols out there mourning and also to those who still have hope in their hearts," wrote one Twitter user, adding the hashtag #StayStrongShawols.

"Lets remember Jonghyun for all the great things he did over the years, for gifting us the opportunity to love someone entirely & for letting us see the sheer dedication he had towards his group, fans and family," posted another user, according to BBC. "Fly high."

Sources: Billboard, Rolling Stone, BBC / Featured Image: Like A Diamond/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Sparking/Wikimedia Commons, SweetCandy/Wikimedia Commons

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