Although he is no longer with us in this world, fans have been remembering SHINee Jonghyun‘s birthday and leaving messages commemorating him and this special day.
On the morning of April 8, numerous Korean and international fans have been leaving congratulatory messages on the late Jonghyun’s Instagram and through Twitter. Jonghyun was born on April 8, 1990 and would have been 30 years old (29 years old in international age).
Jonghyun was cast by an SM casting manager in 2005 when he participated in a youth song festival. He spent 3 years as an SM trainee and debuted as the main vocal of the 5-member group SHINee in May 2008.
Starting from their debut song “Replay”, each song SHINee released became big hits. Jonghyun’s unique and powerful voice played a big part in the identity of SHINee’s music.
Jonghyun also participated in SM’s ballad project team with TRAX’s Jay and Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and in 2015, released his first solo album. All songs in his album were written and composed by Jonghyun himself. Later that year in August, Jonghyun held his first and successful individual concert.
On December 18, 2017 Jonghyun left this world after battling with depression, leaving behind a final letter.
What can I say. Just tell me I’ve done well. That this is good enough. That I’ve worked hard. Even if you can’t smile don’t fault me on my way. You did well, you worked hard. Goodbye.
ㅡ SHINee’s Jonghyun
After more than a year later, fans continue to miss and remember Jonghyun. Fans have also been starting a movement for listening to his posthumous album “The Collection Story No.2” in commemoration of his birthday.
Happy birthday, Jonghyun.