SHINee member's death ruled suicide, no autopsy

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The body of the late K-pop star Kim Jong-hyun will not undergo an autopsy, Seoul police said Tuesday, as the singer's cause of death is clear.

"We've decided not to autopsy the body, as it is certain that the deceased had taken his own life and the bereaved families did not want it," said an official from Seoul Gangnam Police Tuesday morning. "We will wrap up the investigation as soon as we've finished talking to the family."

Kim, a member of boy band SHINee, was found dead in Gangnam, Seoul at 6:10 p.m., Monday. Police received a call from his sister around 4:42 pm. that he had sent a text message indicating that he was going to kill himself.

In his posthumously revealed will, Kim indicated that he was suffering from severe depression.

"I'm broken from inside. The depression that has slowly been eating me away has finally gobbled me up."

A black and white memorial for SHINee's Jonghyun by Singaporean fans at Hong Lim Park

  • Thousands of Singaporean fans of South Korean pop group SHINee turned up in a sea of black and white at Hong Lim Park on Wednesday (Dec 20) night to pay their respects to the band's lead singer Kim Jong Hyun .
  • A young female fan who looked to be in her early teens sobbed and repeatedly said: "I just cannot believe it."
  • The mood was sombre as many fans were spotted hugging and crying.
  • Some took balloons to the event, others offered flowers and stuffed toys.
  • Post-it notes were also passed around for fans to write on as they left behind heartfelt farewell messages for their beloved idol.
  • At one point, the fans waved their light sticks and smartphones in the air as they sang the SHINee song Replay.
  • Despite the large crowd at the event, the fans, made up mostly of young teenage girls, were quiet and orderly. They queued up patiently to get into the park despite the detailed identity checks against pre-registration forms.
  • According to a list of rules posted on @majidarou's Twitter feed, only 1,000 fans could be within the park compound at any one time, which meant that fans could only enter in batches.
  • The memorial service here was organised by a group of local SHINee fans led by a Twitter user who goes by the handle @majidarou.
  • Six of K-pop's biggest stars carried the coffin of fellow singer Kim Jong-Hyun to a hearse .
  • Despite harsh winter weather, weeping fans in jackets, hats, scarves and masks waited outside for the vehicle to leave. They cried even harder as the hearse passed them by.
  • Hundreds of fans from across the country were present while the casket of Jonghyun -- whose real name is Kim Jong-hyun -- was carried out.
  • Onew, Key, Taemin and members of Super Junior were pallbearers, while Minho and Jonghyun’s sister walked ahead of the procession holding his photo.
  • Members of SHINee and Super Junior carry Jonghyun’s coffin at Seoul Asan Hospital on Thursday.
  • The celebrities bowed their heads and prayed while waiting for the hearse, a black Lincoln limousine, to leave the building, as people at the back sang Christian hymns.
  • Super Junior's donghae
  • The private funeral started around 8 a.m. It was attended by Jonghyun’s family, as well as officials and artists of S.M. Entertainment, including Girls’ Generation and EXO.
  • Members of Girls Generation at the funeral
  • A top K-pop star bemoaned feeling "broken from inside" and "engulfed" by depression in a suicide note, it emerged Tuesday, as his death sent shockwaves among fans worldwide.
  • Kim Jong-Hyun, a 27-year-old lead singer of the massively popular K-pop boyband SHINee, was found in a Seoul hotel room on Monday in what police said was suicide.
  • Kim's close friend, musician Nain9, released a suicide note on Tuesday on her Instagram account, saying he had asked her to publish the message in the event of his death.
  • “I am broken from inside. The depression that gnawed on me slowly has finally engulfed me entirely," it said, adding he "couldn't defeat it anymore".
  • Five-member SHINee debuted in 2008 and went on to lead the "Korean Wave" that saw South Korean pop culture develop followings across Asia and beyond.
  • The band's agents SM Entertainment – which dominates K-pop and has several other top acts under its wings – said Kim's funeral would be held on Thursday.
  • "Other members of SHINee as well as other artists at our company are all mourning his death amid deep sorrow and shock," it said in a statement.
  • Many other K-pop stars at the firm cancelled public appearances to visit the mourning altar at a Seoul hospital where his body lies, with hundreds of tearful fans also in attendance.
  • "It looks certain that it was a suicide," police told a briefing. "So we plan to close the case without autopsy as requested by the family."

A private funeral will take place Thursday morning, attended by Kim's family and officials from S.M. Entertainment.

Kim's fans will be able to pay respects at the funeral hall of Asan Medical Center in Songpa-gu, Seoul.

HELPLINES

  • Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): 1800-2214444
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-2837019
  • Sage Counselling Centre: 1800-5555555
  • Care Corner Mandarin Counselling: 1800-3535800