On December 18, 2017, the world tragically lost one of its brightest stars, Kim Jonghyun. The talented SHINee singer took his life at the age of 27 after succumbing to an ongoing battle with depression.
Now on the first anniversary of his death, fans around the world are honoring Jonghyun’s life by remembering all the reasons why they loved, and will always love, him.
Many fans are sharing happy memories and moments, as a reminder of the joy Jonghyun brought to the world with his cheerful personality.
I will always remember Jonghyun’s smile and all the joy he’s brought into the world. Thank u for making the world a brighter place. You did well ❤️💕 pic.twitter.com/ZZ1shDTyxg
— Mia (@idolsymphony) December 17, 2018
One fan recalled the time when Jonghyun accidentally sabotaged his own wardrobe.
He had meant to grab a shirt to wear to the airport, but had accidentally grabbed a towel instead.
Some people may have panicked in that situation, but Jonghyun happily joked about it with fans.
To Shawols, Jonghyun will always be remembered as “the life of the party”, who could brighten their darkest of days with a single smile.
Petite Jonghyun asking the two tall men to squat down a bit is the cutest thing ever pic.twitter.com/oVwztGDG4t
— 𝔹𝕖𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕆𝕦𝕣 𝕊𝕡𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘❄️ (@herlifeis_) December 17, 2018
One of my favorite memories. You always were the life of the party. 💖💕 Thank you for making us laugh. You did well Jonghyun. You did so well. 💖💗💖💕💖💕💕pic.twitter.com/geDOxQrLBI
— ♡*ﾟ¨ (@vminsvelvet) December 17, 2018
Shawols are also remembering Jonghyun’s incredible music, how it touched their lives…
…and inspired them in unforgettable ways.
thank you for creating music that touches everyone's heart, thank you for leaving an amazing mark on the music industry that will never stop inspiring others, thank you for your hard work, thank you for everything.
You have done well, angel. 💕
— 𝐧𝐢𝐚 💎 S H (@belleaeri) December 17, 2018
I even studied Korean as a way to honor you, although my Korean is horrible. You did well, Jonghyun. pic.twitter.com/wCm7fbSPXc
— Melissa メリッサ (美美) (@Ichibanx3) December 17, 2018
Fans have also paid tribute to his life and his art by creating art of their own. Many have shared beautiful illustrations…
at the beginning of the year, I released my first full digital art piece in remembrance of the late Jonghyun, who passed away one year ago today. he moved and inspired so many, and continues to today.
— candi (@candicoda) December 17, 2018
1 year since Kim JongHyun has passed away.
I haven't forgotten you.
You'll always be in my heart ❤
🎶Always be with you! 🎶
— marie (@blossom_ng) December 17, 2018
Your lyrics stays in our mind, your memories stay in our heart. This art is the least i could do to contribute for all that you have done for us. You did well jonghyun.#ArtForJonghyun #LoveForJonghyun#SHINee#Shawol#ArtFromIndia#digitalart #Jonghyun pic.twitter.com/wUaAUvme5a
— Valentina Rexlyn (@VRexlyn) December 17, 2018
…memorials, and more.
Each fan has found a different way to share their love, grief, and gratitude, and express the same, meaningful message. They want Jonghyun to know that he worked hard, and he did well.