Family members and friends of the pop band SHINee have a portrait and his coffin during his funeral on December 21, 2017 in Seoul
Six of the most important South Korean pop stars played on Thursday the coffin of the singer Kim Jong-Hyun, whose suicide highlighted the enormous pressure of the South Korean industry of the show on the artists.
The 27-year-old singer, a member of the successful SHINee group, also very popular outside of Asia, committed suicide on Monday in a Seoul hotel room, leaving his fans dismayed.
In a farewell note, the singer, one of the biggest stars of K-pop, recounted his lost battle against loneliness and depression: „I was so alone.“
In the midst of a shower of flashes, the coffin was transported from the Asan medical center in Seoul by a cortege led by one of Kim’s classmates in the SHINee, dressed in black and with a plaque with a crucifix and his name.
The sister of the singer followed him, his face streaked with tears, who was holding a photograph of a smiling Kim in his hand.
The coffin was carried by the other three members of his group and three members of the Super Juniors, another well-known band managed by the same representative.
Also present were dozens of members of other famous K-pop groups, such as Girls‘ Generation, EXO or Red Velvet.
The Christian songs accompanied the departure of the black limousine. Despite a glacial temperature, the fans, crying, waited for the passage of the coffin in the street, sobbing as the vehicle passed by.
– „Ripped inside“ –
In the hotel room where Kim was found on Monday, researchers found a charcoal pill burning in a pan, a very common method of killing himself in this ultracompetitive society, which has one of the highest suicide rates. of the world.
A close friend of the singer, the musician Nain9, posted a farewell message on Tuesday on her Instagram account that the interpreter had left ready before dying.
„I’m broken inside, the depression that corrodes me slowly in the end has sunk me completely,“ the text read.
The five members of the SHINee group began their journey in 2008. The group became one of the greatest exponents of the „Korean wave“ that brought the popular culture of this country to the rest of Asia and to the whole world.
SHINee, known for its catchy songs and its millimetric choreography, is one of the best-known groups of the so-called K-pop.
It has five albums published, all of them a success, both in South Korea and abroad. Some even reached the list of the US Billboard World Albums.
Kim was considered a model star of K-pop thanks to his perfect voice and his talent as a dancer.
Unlike others, never talked about their love life or their addictions to alcohol or drugs.
The stars of K-pop are subjected to years of exhausting training in an extremely competitive environment. Its agents decide each of their behaviors, their diet and even the use of their phones.
They are expected to be careful and to stay away from the „problems“ that may arise in sentimental relationships and consistently present a „clean“ image.