Jonghyun, lead singer of K-pop group Shinee, dies

Jonghyun, lead singer of K-pop group Shinee, dies

The group, formed by SM Entertainment, shot to fame after the release of their debut EP, Replay, in 2008.

The 27-year-old lead singer of popular boy band SHINee was found at 6.10pm local time in a rented apartment studio in Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul, according to the report.

A member of one of South Korea's biggest boy bands has died suddenly.

The death of Jonghyun shocked the close-knit industry on December 18 when his death was confirmed after a suspected suicide, however it has now been revealed that in the days leading up to his death, he was on the set of a new music video, working hard on his solo career. "Tell me I did well", and "final farewell".

Earlier this year, the group went on a world tour that took in the USA and released their fifth album, titled Five.

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Fans were invited to pay their respects at Seoul Asan Hospital Tuesday, ahead of a funeral which the family has requested to be held "as quietly as possible", according to SM Entertainment.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reports Jong-hyun's sister made an initial report to police after receiving a text message from the singer saying "Please let me go".

K-pop's success has also been dependent on a highly-polished image.

SHINee have been dubbed the "Princes of K-pop" - a musical genre that started in South Korea and that mixes electronic, hip hop, pop, rock, and R&B music.

South Korean pop culture has conquered a large part of Asia over past decade with its K-pop stars topping charts across the region and its TV dramas enjoying huge popularity.

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