SHINee Singer Jonghyun: K-Pop Boy Band Superstar Dies

A member of one of South Korea’s biggest boy bands, SHINee, passed away suddenly aged 27.

Jonghyun (full name Kim Jong-hyun) was a member of SHINnee, a boy band with several number one hits in Korea.

According to The Korea Herald, the singer was taken to hospital after being found unconscious in an apartment in Seoul. Police said that they will investigate suicide as a possibility.

Jonghyun shot to fame when the band was formed by K-Pop hit factory SM Entertainment in 2008. As well as being a singer and an accomplished dancer, he played a large part in the group’s songwriting and production, and launched a successful solo career in 2015. He has also made headlines for voicing his opinion on issues like the government’s education policy and for speaking out in support of LGBT rights.