The lead singer of South Korea’s most popular boy band died Monday at 27, according to The Mirror.
The Mirror on Monday reported that Kim Jong-hyun, who sang and performed as Jonghyun in a band called SHINee, committed suicide.
A statement from police in Seoul, South Korea’s Gangnam district on Monday said that Jonghyun’s sister called officers to express concern that her brother may take his own life.
“On December 18, 2017 at 4:42PM Jonghyun’s older sister reported to Police that her brother was about to commit suicide,” it said.
“We went to his residence in Chungdam and discovered that he had attempted to commit suicide,” the statement added.
“Emergency were with us at the time so we rushed him to the Konkuk University Hospital in a state of cardiac arrest.”
Jonghyun’s death stemmed from carbon monoxide poisoning, and it could have been caused by breathing in the gas’s fumes.
Channel News Asia on Monday reported that Jonghyun was lying in a room with coal briquette burning, a process which releases carbon monoxide.
Burning coal briquettes to case carbon monoxide poisoning is a common method of suicide in South Korea.
The Korea Herald on Monday reported that Jonghyun sent several text messages to his sister earlier Monday including phrases such as “last goodbye.”
Jonghyun lived in Cheongdam-dong, a trendy and upmarket neighborhood in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea.
Cheong-dong often attracts scores of fans looking for celebrities from South Korea’s K-pop and K-drama scenes.
The Guardian on Monday reported that SHINee ranks among South Korea’s most popular bands following the release of their debut album, “SHINee World,” in 2008.
SHINee had five members including Jonghyun, and the band won many awards for their intricate dance routines before his death.
The group had also successfully penetrated Japan’s music market, building a massive fan base there following their entrance in 2011.
SHINee’s Japanese version of their single, “Replay,” sold more than 100,000 copies in Japan, which was at the time the highest number of sales there for a South Korean debut single.