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Kim Jong-Hyun Suicide Note Reveals Pressures of K-Pop Fame

Kim Jong-Hyun Suicide Note Reveals Pressures of K-Pop Fame

Kim Jong-Hyun‘s tragic suicide note has allegedly been released, citing the high pressure of being a celebrity in Korea.

The leader of the popular five-member Korean pop troupe SHINee – better known as Jonghyun – sadly passed away at the age of 27 after being taken to the hospital in an unconscious state on Monday (December 18) in Seoul, South Korea.

Management group SM Entertainment has released a statement, and now Kim‘s farewell note has reportedly been uploaded to social media.

Police report that Kim‘s older sister got a text message on Monday suggesting that the star was going to kill himself, according to Variety. On Tuesday, a longer suicide note was posted on the Instagram account belonging to Nine, a musician with modern rock band Dear Cloud. According to Nine‘s management, the note was given to her two weeks prior to Kim‘s death.

“I am broken from inside,” the note reads. “The depression that had been slowly eating me up finally devoured me and I couldn’t defeat it.”

He added that his doctor suggested that Kim‘s personality was the reason he couldn’t get rid of the depression.

“Maybe I wasn’t supposed to come up against the world; maybe I wasn’t supposed to be known to the world; I’ve learned that’s what (makes my life) difficult,” Kim wrote. How come I chose that.”

Our thoughts continue to be with Kim‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

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  • Gia

    Poor guy. Depression is a horrible thing.


  • Lili

    Poor guy, the kpop chew them and spit them out.

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    This is why people need to see a psychologist and psychiatrist instead of just a regular family doctor. I know it’s hard, but if you’re not getting help, try a different doctor too!

  • Blake

    omg just realized he also joined the 27 club….i guess his soul was too delicate for sm town, its a shame how they treat their artists.