Singer Jonghyun of K-Pop Group SHINee dead at 27

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Jonghyun was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious at a residence in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul, police said. "On December 18th, SHINee's Jonghyun left us very suddenly".

Kim's sister made the initial call to 119 responders at 4:42 p.m. reporting that she believed her brother was committing suicide.

News of Jonghyun's death prompted a flurry of messages on social media, with many fans voicing disbelief. "Tell me I did well", "Final farewell", suggesting that he was about to take his own life.

Yonhap news agency said authorities found burned coal briquettes, which produce carbon monoxide, in a frying pan in Kim's hotel room.

The singer debuted with SM Entertainment's five-member group SHINee back in 2008, who later worked on solo projects.

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Fans were invited to pay their respects at Seoul Asan Hospital Tuesday, ahead of a funeral which the family has requested to be held "as quietly as possible", according to SM Entertainment.

South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates among developed countries.

Police said they have not yet determined whether he killed himself. They're one of only a handful of K-pop groups to find worldwide success.

South Korean pop culture has conquered a large part of Asia over past decade with its K-pop stars topping charts across the region and its TV dramas enjoying huge popularity. Stars typically can't be seen dating, getting plastic surgery, or become embroiled in any kind of scandal, Tamar Herman, who covers K-pop for Billboard.com, told CNN earlier in 2017.

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