Shinee singer Kim Jong-hyun: K-pop boy band superstar dies

Heavily involved in the group's songwriting and production, Jonghyun was an accomplished singer and dancer who helped form the band in 2008.

News channel YTN reported that the singer had checked into a serviced residence for two nights and was found unconscious by police. Many fans wept in silence, and the few who broke out wailing were consoled by fellow fans. The hugely successful boy band consisted of five members: Jonghyun, Onew, Key, Minho and Taemin. They released six chart-topping albums in Korea and five in Japan, in addition to embarking on numerous world tours.

"I'm broken from inside. If I can't breathe, it's better to stop". "Tell me I did well". "We will always remember you".

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The statement went on to say that the K-pop idol was the best artist who showed his love for music more than anyone does, and the agency is grief-stricken to break this tragic news to everyone who have loved him.

Nine9's manager confirmed to CNN she'd received the text and had permission from his family to release it.

The genre has become one of the defining icons of Korea and forms a major part of what's been called the Korean Wave, or hallyu, that has made South Korea a global player in culture, in addition to electronics, cosmetics, and other industries. They're one of only a handful of K-pop groups to find worldwide success.

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