Celebs say goodbye to SHINee's Jonghyun

Elizabeth Tong
Entertainment Reporter
Celebs say goodbye to SHINee’s Jonghyun on social media (Photo: Cosmopolitan)

Celebrities both within and outside the realm of K-pop paid tribute on Tuesday (19 December) to the late Kim Jong-hyun, lead vocalist of South Korean pop group SHINee.

Better known as Jonghyun, the 27-year-old died after being found unconscious in his Seoul apartment by the police, who have since ruled his death as suicide. Following news of his passing, many of his friends and fellow celebrities shared messages expressing their shock and sadness on social media.

Singer-rapper Jay Park and actress Arden Cho, of Teen Wolf fame, were some of the many celebrities that shared condolences for Jonghyun’s family and friends.

Electro house musician and producer Steve Aoki, who recently collaborated with K-pop group BTS for a remix of their song, MIC Drop, also posted a message.

Peniel from Korean boy band BTOB also shared a message, reminding people to take care of their mental health as much as their physical health.

Rapper Dumbfoundead also called for South Korea’s entertainment industry to pay attention to mental health issues among artists.

Benjamin Kheng of the Singaporean band The Sam Willows also shared a message on Twitter shortly after hearing about Jonghyun’s death.

Lee Jonghyun of CN Blue uploaded a photo of him holding Kim Jonghyun’s hand onto his Instagram account, and used the same photo for his profile.

CN Blue’s Lee Jonghyun said goodbye to SHINee’s Kim Jonghyun on Instagram (Photo: Screenshot | Instagram)

His message on his profile and post both read, “You have worked hard. You have really gone through a lot. Goodbye.”

Luhan, formerly of K-pop group EXO, posted on Weibo, saying, “I can’t believe it. I wish you well on your final journey, best singer.”

Luhan, ex-member of K-pop group EXO, shared a message after hearing about Jonghyun’s death (Photo: Screenshot | Weibo)

Singer Jo Kwon, formerly of 2AM, posted a photo of them performing together with Super Junior’s Sungmin and singer Kim Ji-ho on Instagram.

“We both made our debut in 2008, filled with the same desires to chase our dreams. I hope that you will not feel tired anymore. This shining boy has now become a star. Rest in peace,” he wrote.

Most of Jonghyun’s colleagues at his agency, SM Entertainment, have not been sharing anything on social media. However, all SM Entertainment artists have cancelled their events following his death, including Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, Kangta, NCT, f(x)’s Luna and EXO’s Suho.

According to SBSPopAsia, TVXQ were the only artistes that were unable to reschedule their appearance on a live Japanese TV show, “Sukkiri”, where they were seen wearing black.

When asked about Jonghyun, member Yunho said, “We still cannot believe this, but after this show is over, we will go back to Korea to see him.” Fellow member Changmin said, “He was a great artist that had enormous talent and was like a little brother to me. It’s difficult to express our sadness in words.”

Catch a snippet of their appearance here:

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