SHINee member Jonghyun was found unconscious in his apartment today and pronounced dead later. It appears to be a suicide.
The idol had been renting an Airbnb-type apartment in Cheongdam-dong, a district in the southern Seoul, for the past two days. Police responded to a call from his sister who alerted authorities that she suspected he was attempting suicide.
"It has been really hard. Let me go. Tell me I did well. This is my last goodbye," a text from Junghyun to his sister said, according to reports.
When police arrived on the scene, Jonghyun was found dead. Burned coals in a frying pan were found in the residence, leading police to suspect carbon monoxide poisoning was the cause of death.
Junghyun's death is currently being investigated as a suicide.
Junghyun debuted as a member of SHINee in 2008. The kpop group debuted in Japan in 2011 and went on to have modest success, including 2 studio album that topped sales charts in the country.