Singer Jonghyun of K-Pop Group SHINee dead at 27

Jonghyun at 2016 Korean Popular Culture And Arts Awards

The 27-year-old frontman, known as Jonghyun, was found unconscious in a rented apartment in Seoul, reports The Independent.

The lead singer of popular South Korean boy band SHINee has died in a possible suicide, police said.

According to local news outlets on December 18, SHINee's Jonghyun has been reportedly found dead at his apartment in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.

SHINee was formed in 2008 by SM Entertainment and had five members: Jonghyun, Onew, Key, Minho and Taemin. "SHINee's Jonghyun left us suddenly". His label said he "loved music more than anybody else and he was an artist who did the best to perform his absolute best on stage", adding, "It breaks out heart to have to bring this news to fans who loved Jonghyun so much". "Tell me I did well", and, "Final farewell", the star said in the messages, according to South Korean media. His debut solo album in 2015 topped the US Billboard World Albums chart.

SM Entertainment, the company that founded the group, confirmed Kim's death in a statement, writing that his funeral would be "carried out in the quietest manner with his family members and co-workers".

K-pop's success has also been dependent on a highly-polished image. Kim also had a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter.

The genre has become one of the defining icons of Korea and forms a major part of what's been called the Korean Wave, or hallyu, that has made South Korea a global player in culture, in addition to electronics, cosmetics, and other industries.

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