[Article updated with additional information at 5:40 am CST]
According to Naver, Jonghyun was found collapsed at a residence at Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul the afternoon of December 18, 2017, at 6 pm KST. Police reportedly moved Jonghyun to a nearby hospital with 119 rescuers, but he still passed away.
Police are still investigating the exact situation with the assumption that he may have committed suicide. News is still coming in about the loss of the beloved idol. Jonghyun’s sister reported him missing after receiving a Kakao message from him saying “It was hard until now,” His messages to his sister indicate that he took his own life.
Kim Jonghyun was found in a room with lit charcoal bricks that had been burned out. He was found in cardiac arrest state and immediately began transported to Konkuk University Hospital but immediately died. His sister has confirmed his death and South Korean news outlets are currently reporting the matter.
Our hearts and condolences go out to SHINee members and Jonghyun’s family.