Kim Jonghyun, a K-pop superstar, texted his sister before reportedly taking his own life.
“It’s been too hard,” Jonghyun texted his sister, according to Korean publications. “Please send me off. Tell everyone I’ve had a hard time. This is my last goodbye.”
He also told his sibling, according to South Korean media, "Please let me go. Tell me I did well. [..] Final farewell.The 27-year-old singer was found dead on Monday at his apartment in Seoul, South Korea after his sister requested that police do a welfare check on him, prompted by the concerning text message.
The star’s death was confirmed by his management company, SM Entertainment. They put out the following statement, "We are sorry to share such heartbreaking and tragic news... SHINee's Jonghyun left us suddenly."
Jonghyun was the lead singer of SHINee, a popular K-pop band that rose to international fame in 2008.
Paul Han, co-founder of allkpop, a website dedicated to K-pop news told CNN, “He had a wonderful voice and was so versatile and composed beautiful music. He was an even better person and he will be forever missed. The world of K-pop has lost one of its brightest stars.”
Jonghyun and SHINee traveled to the United States earlier this year to perform in multiple cities including Dallas and Los Angeles.
"We've come to the US for fan meets before, but concerts make me a bit more nervous and excited. I hope our fans will be able to make great memories with us through the music and performances we show on stage," Jonghyun told CNN.
Fans in the United States are reeling from his death.
"He deserves to be remembered for what a great person he was, and what an inspiration he was to so many people," Kylie Grant, 20, said. "To Jonghyun I'd like to say, thank you for all the happiness you have given me and so many others. You worked hard, and you'll be remembered forever."
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