SHINee Jonghyun’s Death and Why It Matters
- December 22, 2017
- INSIDESHOWBIZ.PH TEAM
On December 18th, 2017, not just the K-pop community was shocked by the sudden death of SHINee vocalist Kim Jonghyun. Having committed suicide by burning a charcoal briquette, the hospital failed to revive him. Fans were holding on to the likely 1% hope of him surviving but all hope was gone when his management SM Entertainment released their official statement.
(★BREAKING) SM Entertainment Releases Official Statement Regarding The Death Of SHINee’s Jonghyun
— Koreaboo (@Koreaboo) December 18, 2017
He had left a suicide note for his sister and friend Nine who posted the suicide note on his Instagram after getting permission from Jonghyun’s family to do so.
Jonghyun’s Final Letter, as transmitted by Dear Cloud’s Nine – Revision 1
Thank you to everyone who sent me corrections
Please continue to tell me if there are errors, I will correct them and re-upload an edited version. pic.twitter.com/9PUuv7T68Q
— mes #TeamPinky (@OH_mes) December 18, 2017
His funeral and burial were held yesterday, December 21, 2017 led by his sister and SHINee co-member, Minho. The pallbearers were his co-members Onew, Key and Taemin joined by Super Junior’s Leeteuk, Donghae and Eunhyuk. Other SM Entertainment artists like Super Junior members, Girls’ Generation members including his close friend Taeyeon, Red Velvet’s Yeri even went upfront and cried and F(X)’s Krystal joined the funeral procession.
Other K-pop artists including BTS went to visit and pay their respect at his wake while some K-idols took to social media to express their condolences.
As one of my first Korean influences, my heart aches for this tragedy. From the bottom of my heart, may he rest in peace.
— Day6 Jae (@Jae_Day6) December 18, 2017
Please I can’t believe it still. Rest in peace
— 지민지민지민 (@jiminpark07) December 18, 2017
Though his death was so sudden that it took not just the K-pop community by surprise, this left us with the message that mental health is very important. Depression and other mental illnesses must not be taken for granted and must be given attention. Depression can occur to anyone, even celebrities which is why kindness should always be chosen because everyone is juggling their own problems and issues. Always lend people a helping hand, especially to those who are suffering. Help make life worth living for everyone.