key letter to jong hyun

SHINEE’s Key posts heartbreaking farewell letter addressed to Jonghyun

A few hours after the funeral of his long-time friend and fellow SHINee member, Key posted a handwritten letter addressed to Jonghyun on his official Instagram account.

Beside the letter is a friendship ring given to him by Jonghyun as a birthday present. Also accompanying the letter is a photo of the two brotherly friends.

In the heartbreaking message, Key apologized to Jonghyun for not being with him during his struggles. He also recounted the moments they shared as members of SHINee and how Jonghyun was always the one who supported his thoughts during group meetings.

Towards the end of the letter, Key promised that he will take care of Jonghyun’s mother and sister like they are his own family. He also expressed how much he loves his colleague, who he treats like a brother.

Here’s a full translation of Key’s letter provided by Koreaboo:

“Hyung, it’s me Kibum~ I saw your face yesterday and I sent you off today but I still can’t believe this happened.

I’m so sorry I was late coming to your side because I was busy doing something else and I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you as a brother through your loneliness.

You and I were the most stubborn people on the team so we always had our way and even to the end you decided when you were going to leave and acted on it all by yourself.

I hurt so much initially but spending the last three days with you and you alone, I think I’m beginning to understand why you did what you did.

Don’t worry about having left us behind and I will take care of your mom and your sister just like they were my own family.

I will miss you a lot, I’m worried now because the man who always supported my thoughts during meetings is now gone.

It was always me and you talking in all those meetings…I will try to get used to spending time without you and live better than I have until now.

When I grow old and we meet again, tell me I’ve done well too!

To the best artist, friend, hyung and colleague of my life, Jonghyun hyung, You did well. I love you so very much!”

On December 21 at 9AM KST, Jonghyun was finally laid to rest by his family and close friends at a private burial site. He was pronounced dead due to carbon monoxide poisoning on December 18 after being found unconscious inside a rented apartment in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam, Seoul.

Fun Fact: The Maknae is the youngest member of the band.

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