K-Pop Star Jonghyun Of SHINee Left Farewell Letter With Fellow Musician Two Weeks Before Apparent Suicide

Kim Jonghyun

Devastating.

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.

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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.]

Dec 19, 2017 10:43am PDT

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