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Lead singer of South Korean boyband Shinee dies

News reports say Kim Jong-hyun, 27, was unconscious when taken to hospital and suggest cause of death was suicide

Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of the hugely popular and influential South Korean boyband Shinee, has died at persons under the age of 27.

The star, better known as Jonghyun, was received unconscious at his house in Seoul on Monday evening in an apparent suicide, South Korean media reported.

Shinee were formed in 2008 by the South Korean corporation SM Entertainment, and are members of the genre known as K-pop- a highly visual shape of Korean pop that incorporates elements of western music. They went on to achieve great success within their own countries, selling hundreds of thousands of albums and singles.

In 2011, they broke the Japanese marketplace and went on to become one of the most successful South Korean acts in the country: the Japanese-language version of their single Replay sold more than 100,000 photocopies there.

News of Kim’s death inspired a flurry of messages on social media, with many devotees voicing disbelief.

A Twitter account devoted to K-pop photos said:” Mailing our deepest condolences to SHINee Jonghyun and those who known him well. If you’re going through a hard time, please do know that “youve never” walk alone. Talk to person and take care of yourself .”

Another Twitter user wrote:” Today we lost one of the most talented artists in Korea. I’m heartbroken and devastated by the news .”

Police arrived at Kim’s apartment after receiving an emergency bellow from his sister, according to South Korean media. The vocalist was taken to a nearby hospital and was later pronounced dead, police said.

The Yonhap agency reported that Kim’s sister had received a text message from her brother shortly before his death that read:” Please let me move. Tell me I did well. Final farewell .”

The five-member boyband, with Kim as their main vocalist, released their debut album, The Shinee World, in 2008. They have since released five more Korean albums and another five aimed at the Japanese market- the most recent in January this year. All of their Korean albums except their debut have topped the charts within their own countries.

Shinee are considered among the best live musicians in K-pop and have won multiple honors for their complex dance routines. They have also become known for specifying trends in South Korea- including popularising skinny jeans. The group are frequently referred to by the moniker” the princes of K-pop “.

Kim also had a successful career as a solo singer-songwriter. He released three records: an album called She Is in 2016, which topped the Korean maps, and two compilings in 2015 and 2017. In 2015, he liberated a book called Skeleton Flower, which detailed the stories behind his songs. In 2010, along with other major Korean artists, he lent vocals to Let’s Go, a campaign carol for the G20 summit, which was held in Seoul.

Throughout his career he collaborated with numerous other Korean artists and also hosted his own radio display on the Korean station MBC.

Kim last appeared in public at a solo concert in Seoul this month.

In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

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