K-Pop star Kim Jong-hyun of popular boy band SHINee has died, according to BBC’s Korean Service. He was 27 years old. The singer was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious in a rented apartment in the southern Seoul neighborhood of Cheongdam-dong. The cause of death is unknown, but police told BBC that suicide will be investigated as a possibility. The service reports that Jonghyun’s sister alerted authorities after receiving a number of text messages from her brother, including one saying “this is my last farewell.”
Jonghyun’s career began when he was just 18 years old and his boy band, the five-person SHINee, signed to S.M. Entertainment in 2008. The group, referred to by their fan club SHINee World as “the Princes of K-Pop,” released their fifth album, Five, in January of this year. SHINee has had seven releases top the World Albums chart, and two No. 1 albums with Why So Serious? The Misconceptions of Me and Odd: The Fourth Album. The group did their first U.S. tour this spring, following a successful performance at last year’s KCON LA.
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