Fans Demand Apology After News Channel Confuses Jonghyun With BTS Member

20 December 2017, 10:25 | Updated: 8 October 2018, 17:19

Jonghyun, RM
Jonghyun, RM. Picture: Press, NBC

By James Wilson-Taylor

NBC News Chicago used footage of a BTS appearance on the Ellen show in a story about the SHINee singer's death.

Fans of K-pop star Jonghyun, who sadly passed away this week at the age of 27, are demanding an apology from a local US news station who confused the SHINee star with a member of BTS.

NBC News Chicago broadcast a report on the singer's death using footage of a recent BTS appearance on the Ellen show, focusing in on their leader RM.

The footage was quickly ripped to Facebook by user Melissa Renaé Rufus before spreading on Twitter under the hashtag #NBCChicagoApologize:

This is not okay NBC Chicago #ripjonghyun #allasiansdonotlookalike

Posted by Melissa Renaé Rufus on Tuesday, 19 December 2017

NBC News Chicago have reportedly updated their website to remove the video footage but have yet to comment or apologise for the incident at the time of writing.

High profile figures in music including 5SOS' Michael Clifford have also called out the station online:

Jonghyun was found dead in a hotel room in Seoul on Monday (December 18th), reportedly from suicide. His three-day funeral is currently underway in the city.

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:


Teen Line


The Trevor Project


Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention

Samaritans Australia - Teen Suicide Helpline

International Association For Suicide Preventions - Find Crisis Centres Worldwide