BTS Speaks Out About Fellow K-Pop Star Jonghyun’s Tragic Death by Suicide

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It’s been about two months since SHINee lead singer Kim Jong-hyun (a.k.a. Jonghyun) took his own life and the K-Pop world is still very much in mourning. The 27-year-old left a suicide note that revealed he was battling depression and felt that he was “broken from inside” at the time of his tragic death. K-Pop star Taeyeon penned an emotional letter to Jonghyun following his passing and now BTS, another hugely popular K-Pop group, is speaking out about the loss.

The band was recently interviewed by Billboard magazine and reflected on the day they found out about their fellow musician’s death.

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“We went to give our condolences that morning,” RM explained. “I couldn’t sleep at all that night. It was so shocking, because we had seen him so often at events. He was so successful.”

Suga added, “It was a shock to everyone, and I really sympathized with him,” and then went on to call for the stigma surrounding mental health to be eliminated.

“I really want to say that everyone in the world is lonely and everyone is sad, and if we know that everyone is suffering and lonely, I hope we can create an environment where we can ask for help, and say things are hard when they’re hard, and say that we miss someone when we miss them,” he emotionally said.

NBC Chicago accidentally used footage of BTS while reporting on Jonghyun’s death, sparking understandable outrage among both fandoms.

The network eventually apologized for the mistake tweeting, “Yesterday, while reporting on the death of Kim Jong-hyun, a member of the popular South Korean boy band SHINee, NBC 5 mistakenly aired video of the band BTS during our morning newscast. We sincerely apologize for this error.”