As we reported yesterday, South Korean pop artist Kim Jonghyun died at the young age of 27 in an apparent suicide. He was found unconscious at a private hotel in Seoul on Monday and later was pronounced dead in the hospital.
On Tuesday, a suicide letter was made public on the Instagram account of Nine — a musician with modern rock band Dear Cloud — who says the note was handed to her two weeks before Jonghyun’s passing.
In the note, the SHINee artist described the pressure he felt as a celebrity in South Korea, writing:
“I am broken from inside. The depression that had been slowly eating me up finally devoured me and I couldn’t defeat it … Maybe I wasn’t supposed to come up against the world; maybe I wasn’t supposed to be known to the world; I’ve learned that’s what [makes my life] difficult. How come I chose that.”
Kim also suggested his doctor told him that his personality wouldn’t allow him to shake the depression.
So, so sad. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
[Image via Instagram.]