Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of K-pop group SHINee, has died at the age of 27.
The boyband singer, known to his fans as Jonghyun, died after he was taken to hospital in Seoul earlier today.
According to reports, police found the singer at his apartment in the Gangnam district of Seoul after his sister contacted police over concerns for his welfare.
Police are currently investigating his death, but early indications suggest that the singer may have taken his own life.
Shortly before his death, Jonghyun’s sister reportedly received a text message from her brother that read: “Please let me go. Tell me I did well. Final farewell.”
SHINee initially formed in 2008, with Jonghyun quickly cementing his reputation as the frontman of the group.
They quickly developed a reputation as one of the biggest groups in both Japan and Korea, releasing albums in both countries and becoming unofficially known as the Princes of K-Pop.
After a four-year hiatus began in 2013, the band reformed earlier this year, with Jonghyun being the only original member in a new line-up.
He also launched his solo career in 2015 with his first EP, Base, going on to release his debut album She Is in 2016.
His last major performances came in the form of two major gigs in Seoul earlier this month.
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