Today, SHINee's Kim Jonghyun was found unconscious in an apartment he recently rented in an upscale neighborhood in Seoul. 

His older sister called the police this afternoon, because she suspected the 27-year-old idol was about to commit suicide. According to Yonhap News, the I AM star died on the way to the hospital, and it's reported the cause of death is from carbon monoxide poisoning.The fumes came from a coal briquette frying in a pan. Jonghyun sent an emotional goodbye in his last text to his sister. "It has been really hard. Let me go. Tell me I did well. This is my last goodbye," he wrote.

His agency, SM Entertainment, mentioned in a statement that his fellow SHINee members and staff are shocked by the news and are beginning the mourning process. His family is absolutely devastated. SME asked that everyone refrain from speculation, and stated that his funeral will be private. “SHINee member Jonghyun has suddenly left our side...Jonghyun was the best artist, who loved music more than anyone else and always did his best for his performances. We are even more heartbroken to have to convey this sad news to the fans who have loved Jonghyun," SME added in the statement.  

SHINee is my favorite K-Pop group of all time. I loved seeing the members happy and healthy year after year, and I was elated to attend their first fanmeeting in the USA last year. Like everyone else, I'm heartbroken by the news. 

DramaFever sends heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fellow ShaWols around the world.

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Sources: Via Via/ Image Credits: Esquire Korea and SM Entertainment