Jonghyun, lead singer for South Korean boyband SHINee, dies

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The 27-year-old lead singer of popular boy band SHINee was found at 6.10pm local time in a rented apartment studio in Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul, according to the report.

Police have confirmed that SHINee's Jonghyun has passed away, and are now investigating the singer's death.

Police are investigating his death, and have not ruled out suicide.

Shortly before his death, Jonghyun's sister reportedly received a text message from her brother that read: "Please let me go".

Investigators believe he died from inhaling toxic fumes, as they discovered coal briquettes burnt on a frying pan upon arriving at the apartment.

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Grief-stricken fans and fellow celebrities took to social media to express their sorrow.

Jonghyun was the lead vocalist of top K-pop boy group SHINee.

Another wrote: "I really don't know what to think but I do know that my heart is broken".

The band were referred to as the "the Princes of K Pop" and known for their dance skills. He launched a successful solo career in 2015. A year later he released his debut album She Is.

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