Jonghyun: K-pop stars carry SHINee singer's coffin

Jonghyun: K-pop stars carry SHINee singer's coffin

The lead singer of South Korean K-pop boy band Shinee performs at a 2008 concert.

The coffin was carried by the three other Shinee members and three from Super Junior, a boy band managed by the same agency, SM Entertainment.

The procession began at the Asan Medical Centre in Seoul, where hundreds had gathered to pay their respects. Please let me go and say that I did a good job.

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The procession was led by one of Kim's bandmates from SHINee - among the country's top boy bands - dressed in black bearing a plaque topped by a crucifix and reading "Kim Jong-Hyun, believer".

A note believed to have been sent by him to a friend said he was "broken from the inside" and that "the life of fame was never meant for me".

The "Tell Me What To Do" singer was found unconscious in an apartment he was renting in Seoul's Cheongdam-dong district. "I'm sorry for visiting you so late because of work, and I'm sorry I wasn't a source of strength when you were lonely", he wrote. "I hope you will rest in peace now, Jonghyun, no longer in pain". Investigators have confirmed there would be no post-mortem examination on his body and ruled it as a suicide.

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The band recorded several albums in both Korean and Japanese, and in 2017 sold out the 55,000 capacity Tokyo Dome as part of their Japan tour.

SHINee posted an emotional tribute on their official Twitter account this week, writing: "Jonghyun, who loved music more than anyone". This year also marked the first time they toured North America.

If people admit their symptoms and talk to someone about their feelings, depression can usually be treated but the biggest barrier to getting help is often stigma and the fear of disclosing mental health problems.

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