On the evening of 18 Dec, the entire Asian entertainment industry as well as Kpop fans were really shocked at Jonghyun (SHINee)’s tragic suicide.
Shortly before, he sent a last message to his beloved sister. However, when police officers came to the scene, he already stop breathing. Finally, Jonghyun died in hospital.
While police are still investigating the cause of Jonghyun’s suicide, audiences are wondering how a happy and talented idol who had a very clean profile like that could end his life at this young age. The more we look back at his bright career with those success and failure moments over the last 9 years, the more we feel regret of his sudden death.
A long time ago, when SM Entertainment found out Jonghyun…
In 2005, Jonghyun’s talent was found out by an employee of SM during his outdoor performance with his band. Recruited by one of the biggest entertainment companies in Korea, his career developed smoothly. According to some employees at that time, instead of going to school, Jonghyun stayed at SM’s headquarter to study and improve his skills. It was totally reasonable for him to be considered as a multi-talented idol who could sing and play instruments (from bass, guitar to piano) well.
After being a trainee for 3 years, Jonghyun finally had a chance to debut with 4 other members of SHINee in 2008. The new generation boygroup of SM immediately received a lot of love and support from the entire Asian fans due to their attractive appearance and equal talents.
It’s true to say Jonghyun played an important role in SHINee’s success. He was not only a lead singer with an emotional, strong and powerful voice but also a talented composer. It was Jonghyun who contributed to the birth of “Juliette” – one of the most famous songs of SHINee, or “Obsession”, “The Misconception of Us”, “View”… Later, Jonghyun also composed songs for other famous artists such as IU, EXO, Lee Hi, Son Dam Bi…
His relationship with a beautiful actress
In October 2010, Jonghyun’s dating photos with actress Shin Se Kyung were published by the media. Right after this piece of news appeared, it was strongly objected by a lot of people. Especially, a majority of Jonghyun’s fans left negative comments on Shin Se Kyung’s mini hompy and asked her to break up with him. This relationship finally came to an end due to their busy schedules. Since then, Jonghyun had no more love scandals.
Successful career after 7 years
In 2015, Jonghyun released his 1st album named “Base” after singing for 7 years. For the 1st time. This music product was highly appreciated by experts due to its perfect quality and smooth collaboration between Jonghyun and other talented artists such as Younha, Wheesung và Zion.T. After being published, “Base” quickly ranked 1st on Gaon Music Chart and World Album category of Billboard.
During the last 2 years, besides working with SHINee, Jonghyun also kept releasing his own music products which expressed his own personality and color. He continuously composed songs, held concerts and published albums. According to Korea Times magazine, Jonghyun was voted as 1 of 4 most talented singer as well as music producer of Korean entertainment industry together with G-Dragon, Zico (Block B) and Jinyoung (B1A4). Insight Korea considered him as 1 of 7 idol group members who were so talented in music that they were believed to be born for music.
However, many of his fans also recognized that Jonghyun was struggling to remain his reputation. Now, SHINee is not like what they were before, probably because 2nd generation idols are going backward, and their management company does not care much about them anymore. However, Jonghyun still worked very hard. On 9-10 December, Jonghyun successfully held 2 concert nights of “Inspired”. Just a few days before, he was very busy preparing and getting ready for his newest studio album including cover photoshoot and MV.
Nevertheless, unexpectedly, yesterday Jonghyun left us behind forever. This has made all of us regret of a talented artist who owned a bright smile but couldn’t overcome his pressures.