“Even though we can't communicate using the same language, we use music instead.”- Jonghyun
Kim Jong-hyun (김종현, April 8, 1990 - December 18, 2017), better known by his mononym, Jonghyun, was a South Korean idol singer, dancer, composer, lyricist, promotional model, radio host and author. Jonghyun, made his singing debut as a member of the boy group, Shinee, in 2008 and was given the role of a main vocalist. He later made his official solo singing debut with the release of his first EP, Base in 2015. He further released Story Op. 1 in September 2015, followed by She is in 2016, Story Op. 2 in 2017 and Poet/Artist in 2018.
Early life Edit
Kim Jong-hyun was born in Jongno District, Seoul, South Korea. He has an older sister, two years older than him, named Kim So-dam.
Singing career Edit
He became a member of a new ballad group, S.M. The Ballad. After which, they release their first mini album, S.M. The Ballad Vol. 1 – 너무 그리워 (Miss You), November 29, 2010. After a change in the lineup their second mini album, S.M. The Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath, was released February 13, 2014.
At some point, in 2014, he began working on his first solo album. The medley for his new album, Base, was released on January 7th, 2015. The next day the music video for the promotional track, Crazy (Guilty Pleasure), was released January 08, 2015. Soon followed by the release of a performance at Smtown Theatre of Deja-Boo. A week after the medley's release, SMTOWN uploaded his dance practice version of Hallelujah
Other Career Pursuits Edit
According to police, Jong-hyun was found unconscious in his home on December 18, 2017 at around 18:10 (KST). Jong-hyun's sister, Kim Sodam, made an initial call to emergency responders at 16:42, telling them that she thought her brother was committing suicide. Kim received several text messages from her brother, such as "last goodbye". After Jong-hyun's unconscious body was found, he was rushed to Konkuk University hospital, and given emergency CPR, but he failed to regain consciousness. Jong-hyun was pronounced dead at the hospital at 18:32.
It was suspected that his death was suicide from inhaling either toxic fumes or smoke, as investigators found coal briquettes burnt on a frying pan when they arrived at Jong-hyun's apartment. A letter written by Jonghyun, explaining his reason for suicide was released by his friend, with the permission of his family. The evidence surrounding his death remain circumstantial, as evidence related to the ruling of possible suicide heavily relied on text messages sent to his sister, alongside the letter released by his friend.
Jong-hyun's body was visited by many people at the hospital, including his friends and family and over 500 fans. He had a three day funeral, where his chief mourners were his fellow Shinee members, who also carried his casket, along with some of the members of Super Junior. His body was buried in a private resting place. Several Korean celebrities wrote farewell letters to Jong-hyun too.
Fun Facts Edit
- Regardless of anything, no matter how many times he had performed on stage, whenever he hears his own song he will still get exceptionally excited, will lip sync along, dance along, fidget around in his seat, even when he chokes on water he will still remain engrossed.
- Can play the guitar, bass and piano well.
- Will tend to talk at a really fast speed when he gets nervous, but because he talks a lot usually, nobody ever notices that habit of his.
- Has a lot of charisma on stage, but is very endearing and fun to be with off stage, before debut, he chats with Taemin everyday when returning home, is the member who is the most unanimous with his relaxation and lifestyle.