SM Entertainment confirm the passing of SHINee’s Jonghyun and they released a statement.
“This is SM Entertainment,
We are sorry to have to bring such heartbreaking news.
On 18th December, SHINee member Jonghyun suddenly left our side.
He had already collapsed when he was discovered at a residence in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, and he was moved to a nearby university hospital, but in the evening he had passed away.
Though our sadness can’t compare to his family, but for SHINee members who was with him for a long time and us, SM Ent, all our artists and staff are in shock and sad. We send our deepest condolences. Jonghyun was the best artist who loves music more than anyone.
We please ask for people to refrain from spreading rumours and excessive media coverage so his family can morn.
To honour his family’s wishes, the funeral will be private with only close family, friends and agency workers attending.
Once more we send our deepest condolences as we send Jonghyun on his last journey.”