Korean stars pay tribute to SHINee's Jonghyun


Posted at Dec 19 2017 07:20 PM

Korean stars took to social media to express their grief at the untimely passing of SHINee's lead vocalist Kim Jonghyun.

Among those who paid tribute to Kim are current and former members of Korean groups such as 2PM, 2AM, EXO, U-KISS, Day6 and After School.

2PM members Nichkhun, Jun.K, and Junho expressed their sorrow on Twitter, noting that the news was "painful" and "hard to believe."

2AM's Jo Kwon also shared a photo of him with Kim on his Instagram account.


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Former After School member Park Ji-young, or Kahi, also shared her message of sympathy on her Instagram account.

U-KISS members Kiseop and Soo Hyun also shared their shock at the news.

Former U-KISS member Alexander Lee Eusebio, likewise, shared his grief.

2PM, 2AM, U-KISS and SHINee all debuted in 2008, while After School debuted in 2009.

Day6 member Park Jae-hyung, or Jae, was one of the first Korean idols to post about Kim's death on social media. 

In his tweet, Park called Kim "one of my first Korean influences."

Kim passed away in the hospital Monday after he was found unconscious in a hotel room in Seoul, in what police said was suicide.

On Tuesday, Kim's suicide note was made public.

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