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Thousands Of Shawols Lit Up Hong Lim Park To Bid Goodbye To Jonghyun: REPORT

By  December 22, 2017

Organised by a group of local SHINee fans (better known as Shawols) led by @majidarou on Twitter, the memorial service at Hong Lim Park saw thousands of Shawols coming together to mourn the death of their beloved idol Jonghyun.

Jonghyun was most popularly known as a vocalist of K-pop boy group SHINee. The group made their debut in 2008 and quickly gained the affection of fans from all over the world. In 2015, Jonghyun made his solo debut with an EP titled Base that also saw great success.

On Monday, fans all over the world went into distraught after news broke that Jonghyun had committed suicide and later pronounced dead in the hospital. According to a note the singer left behind, he had been overwhelmed by depression.

Fans of both SHINee and K-pop in general had the chance to leave heartfelt farewell messages and flowers at a shrine that was set up by the organising team.

During the memorial service, fans observed a minute of silence and also paid tribute to the singer by singing Replay.

A “candlelight” vigil was held with the group’s iconic pearl aqua light sticks.

The memorial service was intended to bring local Shawols together to pay respects to the beloved idol, pay tribute to what a great influence he had been on them and also for them to lean onto each other during this grieving time. The passing of Jonghyun has also sparked greater conversation about mental wellness and the immense pressure put on K-pop stars.


Picture credits: @Shinee, @forjongin94,@sooniesmiles, @daegubears, @pearline94 & @majidarou on Twitter, @xblhz & @ladyaeria on Instagram


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