Everything You Need to Know about Jonghyun’s Sister
Being the sister of one of the most popular Korean idols can give you a lot of privilege. The sister of SHINee‘s Jonghyun can watch his performances right in front of the stage and can have backstage access to his performances. She can watch and see every SHINee activity before the videos and photos are released to the public.
However, Jonghyun’s sister also endured the worst situation, the death of Jonghyun, in front of the public eye. Initially, she knew that something was wrong with Jonghyun and that he was suffering a lot from the pressure of being an idol, but it was too late.
Find out about Jonghyun’s sister and her relationship with Jonghyun in this article!
Jonghyun’s Sister’s Profile
Name: Kim So-dam
Date of Birth: 1988
- She worked in the entertainment industry as additional production personnel.
- She participated in Kim Yong-man’s Do Dream TV program.
The Relationship between Jonghyun and His Sister
Jonghyun and his sister, Kim So-dam, were very close since they were young, and they had a lot of understandings of each other. Even though she is two years older, on variety shows, Jonghyun always explained how he cares for her and loves her. He would hold her cheek, kiss her on the head, wrap his hand around her shoulder, and hold her hands.
Jonghyun’s sister is two years older than him but she gets scared easily. During heavy rain and thunderstorms, Jonghyun would sleep next to her and give his hand as her pillow. He said that Super Junior’s Eunhyuk is her ideal type, but he never likes the guys that she likes.
Jonghyun‘S Sister’s Response to Jonghyun’s Instagram Post
SHINee Jonghyun posted a screenshot of the lyrics from Dear Cloud’s “Beside You” on his Instagram account. The lyrics are gloomy and sad and might have indicated Jonghyun’s last cry for help. The post was the last communication made by Jonghyun to his fans. Jonghyun also sent a message to his sister and said,
“This is my last farewell. Please let me go and say that I did a good job.”
His sister tried to contact him several times, but there was no response from Jonghyun. She called the police to visit Jonghyun’s house, but they found him unconscious due to inhaling toxic gas. Later that day, he passed.
Jonghyun’s funeral was held privately by his family in Seoul. Jonghyun’s sister held his picture as she led the procession out of Asan Medical Centre. SHINee’s Minho held Jonghyun’s nameplate while all of SHINee’s members carried his coffin from the hospital. Artists from SM Entertainment and hundreds of fans gathered to give their last respects.
Fans paid their last farewells to Jonghyun at the coffin room on the basement floor. Most of the fans couldn’t believe that he had so much pain inside. They hoped that he can find peace.
Jonghyun’s Sister Established Shiny Foundation
After Jonghyun’s death, Kim So-dam and her mother made a foundation called Shiny Foundation to help every youth that has problems with their lives. The name of the foundation was inspired by Jonghyun’s group SHINee and Jonghyun’s last song “Shinin.” Shiny Foundation was created in September 2018 to commemorate Jonghyun’s legacy to the Korean music industry. Jonghyun’s mother, Lee Eunkyung, is the director of Shiny Foundation while Jonghyun’s sister became the secretary-general.
Shiny Foundation gained funding support from all the copyright fees of Jonghyun’s musical works. The foundation gives support to musicians who are struggling because of a lack of funds or experiencing financial difficulties. The foundation also opened a website to sell merchandise. The store is open to global shipping. Other than an online store, Shiny Foundation has social media accounts Including Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.
In November 2018, Shiny Foundation and the Federation of Korean Music Performers (FKMP) helped to fund the cancer treatment cost for SSAW’s Jeon Tae-gwan. In December 2018, the foundation held an art exhibition at S.M. Town Coex Artium, Gangnam, to display videos and writings that were dedicated to Jonghyun.
Jonghyun’s Sister Sings “Happy Birthday” to Jonghyun
To celebrate what would have been Jonghyun’s 30th birthday (in Koren age), Jonghyun’s sister Kim So-dam released her cover of Jonghyun’s “Happy Birthday.” Jonghyun’s birthday was celebrated every April 8th, and his sister posted the cover a day earlier.
Jonghyun’s sister re-arranged the lyrics to remember the beautiful memories that they had in the past. K-pop fans, especially SHINee fans, were moved by Sodam’s song cover. Fans also felt thankful for her cover because the cover is a reminder that Jonghyun still exists in every fans’ heart.
In the video of the cover, Jonghyun’s sister had already forgotten about the grief and sadness that Jonghyun experienced. She was smiling because she remembered all the beautiful memories that they had.
Jonghyun and his sister Kim So-dam were very close since they were very young. He even protected her from the bad boys that she liked. She must miss him very much because both of them were a source of strength for each other.
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