On Monday, the leader singer of the popular K-pop group SHINee passed away. Kim Jonghyun was only 27 years old at the time of his death.
At around 4:40 p.m. local time, the singer's sister called first responders. Kim was found unconscious in his rented apartment in Seoul, South Korea.
The singer was immediately transported to a local hospital. Jonghyun fell into cardiac arrest and had to receive emergency CPR treatment. Shortly after, he was pronounced dead.
Jonghyun's sister believes that her brother's death was a suicide. She admitted that he sent her a text earlier in the day that made her suspicious of his actions.
The text said, "I've had a hard time. Please let me go and say that I did a good job. This is my last goodbye."
While the cause of death has not been officially released, local authorities agreed that it was most likely a suicide. Reportedly, the investigators believe that Jonghyun could have died from carbon monoxide poisoning. They discovered charcoal briquettes burning in a frying pan in the singer's kitchen.
Kim's band, SHINee, quickly rose to fame after their 2008 debut. The boy band produced several chart-topping albums. Six of their albums reached top spots in Korea, while five also reached top spots in Japan.
The five-member band went on several world tours and found a lot of success in the global music scene. In 2015, Jonghyun began working on his solo career and began partnering with several other artists as well.
Sadly, the 27-year-old has now passed away in what is assumed to be a suicide. Besides the eerie text message, his sister gave no indication that Jonghyun was struggling with depression.
Please be praying for the singer's friends and family as they deal with this difficult loss. In other, happier news, the royal family just released their official Christmas card photo.