Shinee singer Kim Jong-hyun: K-pop boy band superstar dies

Kim Jong-hyun was found unconscious in an apartment in Cheongdam-dong in the upscale Gangnam district of the capital Seoul. He was taken to a hospital but later died

The lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee died in hospital on Monday in a possible suicide that robs fans of the globally-famous K-Pop genre of one of its biggest stars.

The K-pop superstar, better known to his fans as just Jonghyun, was transported to a hospital after he was found unconscious by police on Monday at his apartment in Seoul's Gangnam district.

In a press release later on the same day, it stated that "Jonghyun has suddenly left us".

Inside the room police said they found burned charcoal briquettes; burning charcoal in an enclosed space is a form of suicide in many Asian countries.

His fans posted messages of grief on his account after the news of his death broke. "Tell me I did well", "Final farewell", suggesting that he was about to take his own life.

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

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The messages read "This is my last farewell", "Things have been so hard", "Please let me go and say I did a good job", prompting his sister to make an emergency call to the police.

Kim released his first solo album in 2015 that reached number one on the Billboard World Albums chart.

The genre has become one of the defining icons of Korea and forms a major part of what's been called the Korean Wave, or hallyu, that has made South Korea a global player in culture, in addition to electronics, cosmetics, and other industries.

The lead singer of one of Korea's most popular boybands has died at age 27.

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

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