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Jonghyun’s talent agency releases emotional statement as SHINee star dies aged 27

SM Entertainment has issued a heartbreaking statement Picture: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
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Jonghyun's talent agency releases emotional statement as SHINee star dies aged 27
SM Entertainment has issued a heartbreaking statement Picture: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

The entertainment company behind SHINee has issued a heartbreaking statement following the death of Kim Jon-hyun.

The K-pop idol, better known as Jonghyun, has died aged just 27 in an apparent suicide.

Police found Jonghyun unconscious in an apartment in Cheong-dam in the Gangnam district of Seoul after his sister filed a police report concerned for his welfare.

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It was reported that Jonghyun sent a final goodbye text message to his sister before his death.

SM Entertainment – the record label and talent agency which represents SHINee – issued a statement to confirm the tragic news.

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The members of SHINee have been left devastated Picture: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

The statement read: ‘This is SM Entertainment. We are sorry to be the bearer of such tragic, heartbreaking news.

‘On December 18th, SHINee’s Jonghyun left us very suddenly.

‘He was discovered unconscious at a residence in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul and was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.

‘Our sadness cannot compare to the pain of his family, who had to say goodbye to a son and a brother, but we have spent a long time with him, and the SHINee members along with the SM Entertainment staff are all in deep mourning and shock.

‘Jonghyun loved music more than anybody else and he was an artist who did everything to perform his absolute best on stage.

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Jonghyun died after being rushed to hospital Picture: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

‘It breaks our heart to have to bring this news to fans who loved Jonghyun so much.

‘Please refrain from reporting on rumours and guesswork so the family of the deceased can honour him in peace.

‘As per the wish of the family, the funeral will be held quietly with his relatives and company colleagues.

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‘Once again we show our deepest condolences to Jonghyun on his last journey.’

Jonghyun was in SHINee along with Minho, Taemin, Onew and Key, with the group releasing their fifth Japanese album earlier this year.

He had performed two solo concerts in Seoul just weeks ago, and the trailer teasing his already filmed appearance on Night Goblins was shared just hours before his death.

MORE: Jonghyun tells fans ‘I pray you aren’t hurting’ in final Instagram post

MORE: Day6’s Jae pays tribute to SHINee star Jonghyun: ‘My heart aches’

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