This article includes descriptions of suicide or self harm that may disturb some readers.
Police just confirmed that SHINee‘s Jonghyun passed away earlier today, inside an apartment with coal briquette lit inside.
Jonghyun’s sister just confirmed that he died by suicide. The exact cause of his death is carbon monoxide poisoning.
“On December 18, 2017 at 4:42PM Jonghyun’s older sister reported to Police that her brother was about to make an attempt on his life. We went to his residence in Chungdam and discovered that he had attempted to take his own life with brown coal briquettes lit inside a frying pan.
Emergency responders were with us at the time so we rushed him to the Konkuk University Hospital in a state of cardiac arrest.”
— Gangnam Police
News reports are stating that Jonghyun sent his sister a suicide note, which is when she called the police to help him. Jonghyun texted the suicide note to her.
“It’s been really hard for me until now. Please let me go, and tell me I’ve worked hard, last good bye.”
Burning coal briquette is a type of carbon monoxide-induced suicide that has become increasingly popular in East Asian countries.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had self-harming thoughts, do not hesitate to reach out to your local confidential support for people in distress or to call the Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.