Pop Boy Band Singer Jonghyun Dead At 27

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The 27-year-old, more commonly known as Jonghyun, was thought to have taken his own life after local media reported the singer had texted his sister shortly before his body was found.

Fans of K-pop star Jonghyun, the lead singer of SHINee, one of South Korea's most popular bands, were on Tuesday mourning his apparent suicide at the age of 28. Jonghyun had also made headlines for his outspoken views in favor of LGBT rights, writing personal messages of support to fans questioning their sexuality, in a demonstration that reportedly made him the target of extremist internet trolls.

The group, formed by SM Entertainment, shot to fame after the release of their debut EP, Replay, in 2008.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that emergency services were alerted by the singer's sister, and that he was later pronounced dead at hospital.

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Earlier this year, the group went on a world tour that took in the U.S. and released their fifth album, titled Five. Please send me off. Tell everyone I've had a hard time.

A funeral will be "held quietly with his relatives and company colleagues", said SM.

K-pop is the rage in Asia, especially in China and Japan, and the industry has made inroads in the West, with a song by the group BTS maintaining a spot on the Billboard 200 for a seven weeks as of the end of November. His last public appearance was at a solo concert titled Inspired on December 9 and 10 in Seoul.

South Korean pop culture has conquered a large part of Asia over past decade with its K-pop stars topping charts across the region and its TV dramas enjoying huge popularity.

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