The biggest names in K-pop led the procession for the funeral of Kim Jong-hyun, the front man of one of the most popular South Korean boy bands, Shinee.
Led by his sister, Jonghyun's bandmates along with the members of another pop group Super Junior carried his white coffin dressed in all black on Thursday. Hundreds of fans stood at a distance in silence.
The pallbearers carried the coffin to a hearse which was then driven to the private funeral, attended by only family members and friends. However, thousands have gathered at the hospital where Jonghyun's body was held to pay their last tribute.
The 27-year-old singer has committed suicide on December 18 in his apartment in Cheongdam-dong in the Gangnam district. The death of the superstar singer has sparked a wave of grief among fans around the world.
Jonghyun was reportedly struggling with depression and fame. A note that is believed to have been sent by him to a friend indicates so as the singer said he was "broken from the inside" and that "the life of fame was never meant for me" in the note.
"What else can I say more. Just tell me I've done well. That this is enough. That I've worked hard. Even if you can't smile don't fault me on my way," the note read.
Jonghyun rose to fame with the chart-topping act Shinee in 2008. The band released their fifth Japanese album “Five” this year. Often Referred to as “the Princes of K Pop,” the troupe has a string of hits including “Replay,” “Dream Girl” and “Sherlock.”
Jonghyun launched a successful solo career in 2015 with his first EP titled “Base.” In the same year, on September 17, the singer released a compilation album, “Story Op.1.” On May 24, 2016, he released his first studio album, “She Is,” followed by his second compilation album, “Story Op.2” on April 24, 2017.