Indonesian fan says she attempted suicide following death of K-Pop star Kim Jong-hyun, regrets decision after receiving support from fellow Shawols

K-Pop star Kim Jong-hyun, who committed suicide on December 18, 2017. Photo: Instagram/@jonghyun.948

Correction: An earlier version of this story provided 500-454 as the Ministry of Health’s mental health hotline. That number is no longer active and has been replaced by 119.

The reported suicide of K-Pop superstar Kim Jong-hyun from the boyband SHINee has been mourned around the world, including in Indonesia, where the 27-year-old singer has a huge, dedicated fan base.

Jong-hyun’s death hit one Indonesian SHINee fan (globally known as “Shawol”) particularly hard, as local media outlet Tabloid Bintang reported that she attempted suicide after the recent loss of some of her family members, her depression compounded by her idol’s passing.

The fan went on Twitter to post a couple of suicide notes on Monday before claiming that she tried to kill herself by overdosing on an unspecified substance.

In her follow-up messages, she said her suicide attempt failed and that she is now recovering in hospital, regretting her actions after receiving many well-wishes and words of encouragement from Shawols from around the world.

Jonghyun reportedly committed suicide on Monday in his apartment in the South Korean capital of Seoul.

If you or anybody you know is suffering from mental health issues and urgently needs to talk to somebody, you can call 119 to reach the Ministry of Health’s mental health hotline.

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