K-pop stars carry Jonghyun’s coffin at funeral

The SHINee singer died earlier this week (December 18), aged 27

Stars from the K-pop world led the procession at the funeral of singer Jonghyun today (December 21).

The 27-year-old, whose real name is Kim Jong-hyun, died by suicide earlier this week (December 18). He was the lead singer for SHINee, one of the biggest groups in K-pop.

As the BBC reports, his bandmates carried his coffin at the funeral, alongside members of fellow K-pop group Super Junior. The procession began at the Asan Medical Centre in Seoul, where hundreds had gathered to pay their respects.

Jonghyun’s bandmates and sister were at the front of the procession. After the coffin was carried to the hearse, it was driven to a private funeral service, which was attended by family and friends.

According to reports, police found the singer at his apartment in the Gangnam district of Seoul on Monday after his sister contacted police over concerns for his welfare. Investigators have confirmed there would be no post-mortem examination on his body and ruled it as a suicide.

A note believed to have been sent by him to a friend said he was “broken from the inside” and that “the life of fame was never meant for me”. He added: “What else can I say more. Just tell me I’ve done well. That this is enough. That I’ve worked hard. Even if you can’t smile don’t fault me on my way.”

SHINee paid tribute to their frontman on their Twitter account, posting a message in Korean that read: “Jonghyun, who loved music more than anyone… Forever, he will be remembered.”

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