I can't offer any new words about this tragedy, other than Jonghyun had one of the purest and most beautiful souls we've been blessed with in our lifetime.
I'd like to celebrate three acts of kindness he showed to his fans, which doesnt even represent a fraction of what he's done for them. He was an angel, a prince, and a gift.
1. Sharing a story of a young man suffering because of Korean society's standards as well as his sexuality.
LGBT Rights: K-pop Idols Speak Out!
Korea's older population is conservative. Gay marriage isn't legal, 2015 was the first year gay pride wasn't shut down because of riots (there were still riots this year, but the police were on the pride parade's side this time) and it is much harder for younger people to be open about their sexuality. Idols rarely (basically never) discuss serious issues, and LGBT rights is one of them. Below are two exceptions: Jonghyun In 2013, there was a movement called "안녕들 하십니까? 저는 안녕하지 못합니다." (How a...
“I support you who are rightly exclaiming that difference is not wrong. I do not think you need comfort or concern. You are that strong. I hope health and warm is with you for this end of the year.” - Jonghyun
2. Shows up at a fan's workplace after learning she worked about a million jobs, and helped her finish her shift and encouraged her to follow her dreams of being a radio producer.
3. When a fan starts to cry at a fan sign, he writes a note and gives it to his manager asking him to deliver it to the fan and...
SHINee's Jonghyun touches a fan's heart at fan sign event with personal note
A SHINee fan shared a touching personal experience with member Jonghyun during a fan sign event after he far and beyond to cheer her up.
“I briefly made contact with Jjong and he mouthed out the words ‘Don’t cry’..even when I was getting Jinki (Onew)’s autograph, Jjong poked me in the arm when he had a break from his line and told me not to cry..I was really having a mental breakdown so I couldn’t tell SHINee all I wanted to say that I planned and went back to my seat to wait, then Jjong wrote something and a staff member brought the note over for him..”