K–Pop singer Kim Jong-hyun, a member of South Korea’s SHINee, has reportedly diedat age 27.
SHINee’s record label, SM Entertainment, confirmed the 27-year-old singer’s death in a statement Monday.
“We are sorry to deliver such heartbreaking and unfortunate news,” the statement read. “On December 18, SHINee member Jonghyun suddenly left us.”
The record label added that its employees and fellow SM artists were deeply shocked and grieving.
“Jonghyun was the best artist who loved music more than anyone and gave his all on the stage,” the statement said. “It is heartbreaking to deliver such sad news to the fans who loved him.”
The performer was found unconscious Monday afternoon at his residential hotel in Cheongdam-dong, a high-end enclave of the Gangnam District in Seoul, and rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was later declared dead, the SM statement said.
Jonghyun’s sister told police she received foreboding text messages from her brother alluding to a “final farewell” and called emergency responders late Monday afternoon because she feared Jonghyun was going to take his own life, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
Police have not yet ruled the death a suicide and an autopsy will be conducted, local news outlets reported.
The five-member SHINee boy band broke onto the Korean music scene in 2008, and Jonghyun shot to fame for his varied, emotive vocals and stage presence. He later also developed a successful solo career, frequently collaborating with other artists and making appearances on shows such as “Saturday Night Live Korea.”