Kim Jong-hyun (April 8, 1990 – December 18, 2017), better known mononymously as Jonghyun, was a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, radio host, and author. He was the main vocalist of the South Korean boy band Shinee, and participated in S.M. Entertainment's project group S.M. The Ballad.
Jonghyun began a solo career in January, 2015 with his first extended play album, Base. It peaked at number one on both the Billboard World Album Chart and the Gaon Album Chart. September 17 the same year, Jonghyun released a compilation album, Story Op.1. His debut studio album She Is was released on May 24, 2016, followed by his second compilation album, Story Op.2 on April 24, 2017. Jonghyun remained musically active until he committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in December 2017. His final album, Poet | Artist, was released posthumously on January 23, 2018.
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