Fans mourn death of SHINee's Jonghyun

Reuters

Posted at Dec 20 2017 12:02 PM

Fans of Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee, queue to mourn during a memorial service for him in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap via Reuters

SEOUL - Hundreds of fans of top South Korean boy band SHINee member Jonghyun visited his altar on Tuesday at Asan Medical Centre in Seoul to mourn the death of the singer.

Tearful fans and his fellow singers offered condolences and expressed their sadness at the loss of the K-pop star.

"I feel really sorry that I didn't consider his pain at all, I only thought of him giving me strength," said Jeong Yujin, a 22-year-old South Korean fan.

"I hope Jonghyun is happy wherever he is," said Walatip Kitkan, a 24-year-old Thai fan.

Kim Jong-hyun, 27, was found unconscious next to burning briquettes on a frying pan inside a serviced residence in the South Korean capital Seoul, a police official told Reuters.

"We're always going to miss you. And I'm so sorry this is what you thought and you needed to do, though I'll always love you. And for everyone that couldn't be here, I'm so sorry. But he knows you guys are here with him too," said 26-year-old American fan Natasha Burgard.

Kim spent nearly a decade in his leading role as one of five members of SHINee, one of the most popular boy bands in the country. He also sang as a solo artist.

His death is a blow to the massive worldwide fan base that Korea's K-pop music has attracted in recent years.

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