Pop Star Jonghyun's Funeral Held Amid Scene of Sorrow

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The funeral for the late Kim Jong-hyun, member of K-pop group SHINee, was held Thursday, attended by his family, close friends and fellow artists.

Crying and embracing one another, young men and women dressed in grey and black turned out on Thursday as a hearse carrying Kim's coffin left the hospital in the South Korean capital.

Hyung. It's Ki Bum~ I sent you off today and even saw your face yesterday, but I still can't believe it.

South Korea, a competitive society, has one of the world's highest suicide rates. Investigators later ruled Jonghyun died by suicide, and details about his death have emerged as fans across the globe mourn the loss and create makeshift tributes celebrating his legacy.

SHINee were founded in 2008 as a five member group under SM Entertainment, and quickly rose to become of the biggest K-pop boy groups.

The 27-year-old, whose real name is Kim Jong-hyun, died by suicide earlier this week (December 18). "After the tragic incident, we discussed whether or not to make it public".

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Two young women are overcome with emotion while waiting for the funeral in Seoul. "I hope that the idol and entertainment industry will grow to encourage physical and mental health so that something like this doesn't happen again", she said.

Known for peppy songs and carefully-choreographed dance numbers performed with military precision, five-member SHINee made their debut in 2008 and have released five albums that swept charts at home and overseas, with some reaching Number 1 on the US Billboard World Albums chart.

Each K-pop band has its own signature colour, which fans wave at their concerts.

The coffin of Kim Jong-hyun is carried by his celebrity colleagues to a hearse from the hospital in Seoul.

"As mental problems can not be seen, the importance of immediate treatment is often neglected".

"As top stars gain popularity, they are very much deprived of private life", said Seok Jeong-ho, a psychiatry professor at Gangnam Severance hospital.

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