The lead singer of South Korean boy band Shinee has killed himself after sending a message to his sister saying: ‘Tell everyone I’ve had a hard time‘, it has been reported.
Kim Jong-hyun was found unconscious in an apartment in Cheongdam-dong, in the upscale Gangnam district of the capital Seoul.
The 27-year-old singer, also known as Jonghyun, is said to have checked into a serviced residence for two nights and was discovered by police today after his sister raised the alarm.
Local reports say he sent a final message to his sister saying: ‘It’s been too hard. Please send me off. Tell everyone I’ve had a hard time. This is my last goodbye.’
He is then reported to have killed himself with carbon monoxide.
Kim was part of the five-member K-Pop boyband Shinee that had become one of the country’s most popular in recent years.
They released their debut album, The Shinee World, in 2008.
The group has one a number of awards for their spectacular dance routines and a Japanese-language version of one f their hits, Replay, sold more than 100,000 copies in that country.
Kim went solo in 2015 and had performed two solo concerts in Seoul earlier this month.