A young singer has left thousands of his fans shocked after he reportedly took his own life leaving behind a suicide note.
The lead singer of South Korean boy band SHINee who took his own life had written a suicide note where he revealed what made him take such a tragic decision.
According to a report by Dailymail, the suicide note revealed that he was ‘engulfed’ by depression. Kim Jong-hyun, 27, was found unconscious in an flat in Cheongdam-dong, in the upscale Gangnam district of the capital Seoul after his sister raised the alarm.
Today, hundreds of fans gathered at a mourning altar in Seoul, with teenagers and young adults breaking down in tears as they paid their respects to their idol.
‘I came here to say the last farewell… since we fans apparently couldn’t be there for him when he needed help most,’ said Jung Min-Kyung, 19.
‘I think our country has very high expectations of celebrities,’ she added.
Kim’s suicide note was published on Instagram by his close friend, musician Nain9, who said that she had been asked to publish the message in the event of his death.
‘I am broken from inside. The depression that gnawed on me slowly has finally engulfed me entirely,’ it said, adding he ‘couldn’t defeat it anymore’.
‘I was so alone. The act of ending is difficult. I’ve lived until now because of that difficulty.’
‘Please tell me I did a good job,’ he implored, ending the note with: ‘You’ve worked hard. You’ve really gone through a lot. Goodbye.’
Social media was flooded by thousands of messages of mourning, and many other K-pop stars in the stable of SHINee’s agents SM Entertainment – which dominates K-pop – cancelled public appearances to visit the mourning altar in Seoul.
Kim’s funeral would be held on Thursday, the firm said in a statement, adding: ‘Other members of SHINee as well as other artists at our company are all mourning his death amid deep sorrow and shock.’
Seoul police said it seemed ‘certain’ that Kim’s death was a suicide, adding they planned to close the case without an autopsy as requested by his family.
He was pronounced dead shortly after being moved to a hospital.
Authorities were alerted by his sister, after he sent her text messages reading: ‘This is my last farewell’ and ‘Please let me go and say I did a good job.’
Kim was part of the five-member K-Pop boyband SHINee that had become one of the country’s most popular in recent years.
They released their debut album, The Shinee World, in 2008, and went on to release another four – with some of them reaching Number 1 on the US Billboard World Albums chart.
The group has won a number of awards for their spectacular dance routines and a Japanese-language version of one of their hits, Replay, sold more than 100,000 copies in that country.
Kim was seen as a model K-pop celebrity, who boasted flawless singing and dancing skills and rarely made headlines with the romantic relationships, drink-driving or drug use that derailed the careers of many other artists.
He released his first solo album in 2015, topping the Billboard World Albums chart, and performed at solo concerts in Seoul only last week.
K-pop stars undergo cut-throat competition and gruelling years-long training at the hands of their agents, who dictate everything from music style to diet and even mobile phone use.
Many are also pressed to maintain a squeaky-clean and wholesome image at all times.