Fans And K-Pop Stars Pay Tribute To Jonghyun As Three-Day Funeral Begins
19 December 2017, 10:54 | Updated: 8 October 2018, 17:38
BTS and the remaining members of SHINee were among attendees as other fans and mourners wrote messages on social media.
As news broke out of South Korea of the sad death of singer Jonghyun, leader of the K-pop boyband SHINee, fans and fellow musicians paid tribute as the 26 year old's funeral began today (December 19th) in Seoul.
His four bandmates were joined at the event by fellow stars BTS, Yoona, NCT and EXO at the Asan Medical Centre. The event will take place for three days followed by a private memorial service on Thursday, according to SM Entertainment.
BTS, Yoona, NCT, EXO, BoA, etc. arriving at Jonghyun's funeral (by. TongTongTv) 😭😢💔 pic.twitter.com/3YctSS2uk7— you did well 김종현💕 (@s93min) December 19, 2017
A portrait of the singer, surrounded by flowers, is on display as fans gather around the venue to join in the mourning.
Jonghyun, also known as Kim Jong-Hyun, was found unconscious at his home in Seoul on Monday evening (December 18th). The JoongAng Daily newspaper has reported that the cause of death appears to be suicide.
Fans from around the world have taken to social media to share thoughts and tributes:
Rest in Paradise to Jonghyun. Heart goes out to family, friends, and his fans. Stay up everybody, spread love and compassion 🙏🙏🙏— JAY BUM PARK (@JAYBUMAOM) December 18, 2017
R.I.P. Jonghyun of SHINee i go to Korea often and depression is a topic not often discussed, therapy is almost taboo cause of the country’s “just get over it” attitude. Hope this a wake-up call to the whole industry over there.— dummies (@dumbfoundead) December 18, 2017
hey. you love someone? tell them you love them. make sure they know it. make sure you tell them every chance you get. it's a small action but to someone, it might change their whole life for the better. remind them that they're loved. remind them that you care.— rest in peace, jonghyun (@baekyuu0506) December 19, 2017
In loving memory of Kim Jonghyun, we will be holding a send-off event and vigil to commemorate Jonghyun's life.— SHINeeWorldPH (@shineeworldph) December 19, 2017
Send-off and Vigil for Kim Jonghyun (DAY 1) details below: pic.twitter.com/HvxxiwV0Z9
I did not know him personally but my thoughts and prayers go out to Jonghyun and his family/friends. I also hope this sheds light on the fact that mental health is equally as important as your physical health. If you or someone around you needs help; reach out! Let’s spread love!— 🙃NIHS ˥ƎINƎԀ🙃 (@PenielShin) December 18, 2017
If you or someone you know are dealing with the issues raised in this story, here are some organisations you can talk to for help and support: