Kim Jong-hyun Biography, Wiki, Childhood, Education, Career, Awards, Death & Net Worth

Kim Jong-hyun
Kim Jong-hyun

Biography of Kim Jong-hyun

Kim Jong-hyun, better known as Jong-hyun was a popular South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, radio host, and author. He earned international fame as a member of the boy band ‘Shinee’ under the label SM Entertainment. He was the main vocalist of the group and was the first artist to significantly participate in writing, organizing and composing music. Jong-hyun is recognized amongst the Korean industry as a successful musician having a distinctive style and numerous other exceptional abilities. He remained musically active as the main vocalist of Shinee as well as a solo artist until his death on December 18, 2017, when he committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Childhood, Education & Early Life

Jong-hyun was born in Seoul, South Korea on April 8, 1990, to an average Korean family. He kept his childhood and family private from the public but had hinted about a troubled childhood. Kim had a strained relationship with his father throughout his childhood and teenage years. Jong-hyun has a loving relationship with his mother and elder sister who supported him very much.

Kim wanted to follow music ever since he was a kid. His passion for music made him drop out of high school to pursue his dream career. Later on, he attended the ‘Chungwoon University’ and was then transferred to the ‘Myongji University’.

Jong-hyun was also an ardent supporter of LGBT rights all his life.


Jong-hyun was scouted by SM Entertainment in 2005.  He later debuted as the lead vocalist of 5-member boy group Shinee on May 25, 2008. Eventually, he also started contributing to the group as a songwriter. He was also a part of a project named SM the Ballad and later on appeared on KBS’ Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend. Jong-hyun debuted as a composer In October 2013 and debuted as a radio host on the MBC program ‘MBC Blue Night [ko]’ in July 2014. Furthermore, he has published a book ‘Skeleton Flower: Things That Have Been Released and Set Free’. This book talks about his songwriting experiences and inspirations. Similarly, he launched his solo career, beginning in 2015 and gained much success. In addition to this, Jong-hyun also actively collaborated with other artists and musicians such as IU, Lee Hi, Taemin, and many others as composer, lyricist, and singer.


Jong-hyun has received praise for his artistic control and involvement in the creation of his music. He won several awards during his mega-successful career such as the 2015 MBC Entertainment Awards. Likewise, he also won 2016 Golden Disc Awards, 2019 Golden Disc Awards: Disc Bonsang; Special Disc Bonsang Fans Choice; 2019 13th Annual Soompi Awards and several others.


Throughout his successful career, Jong-hyun suffered from severe depression. Jong-hyun was found dead on December 18, 2017, in an apartment that he had rented and later committed suicide by Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Post his death, his album ‘Poet/Artist’ got released. This album exhibitis his unquenched thirst for being known as a ‘poet’, then as a mere K-pop star. Moreover, his death initiated a major debate about mental health issues prevalent among the youth. After his death, the hashtags ‘#StayStrongShawols’, “#YouDidWellJonghyun” and ‘#Poet/Artist’ became trending.

Net Worth

His estimated net worth is around $3 million from his professional career.


  • Name: Kim Jong-hyun
  • Others Name: Poet/Artist
  • Birthday: April 8th, 1990
  • Sun Sign: Aries
  • Height: 5’8″ (173 cm)
  • Birthplace: Hyehwa-dong, Jongno, Seoul, South Korea
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Lyricist & Radio Personality
  • Labels: SM Entertainment
  • Siblings: Kim So-Dam
  • Death: December 18th, 2017
  • Death-place: Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea
  • Years Active: 2008-2017
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