SM Entertainment had not issued a statement on Jonghyun's death at press time.
Valentina, 24-year-old from Chile who had been a fan for eight years, said that she never imagined such a thing could happen. I believe it had a bright concept of "Jonghyun who loves music".
The singer had a huge fanbase as the lead singer of K-pop band SHINee.
"I'm broken from inside".
Nine9's manager confirmed to CNN she'd received the text and had permission from his family to release it.
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"I'm concerned over possible controversies, but I think he (Jonghyun) expected that when he asked (me to take the letter)". I didn't suspect anything odd about him while we were working together, ' said another source.
The group were formed in 2008 and debuted months later, with Jonghyun beginning to write songs for the idols the following year.
As well as being a singer and an accomplished dancer, he played a large part in the group's songwriting and production, and launched a successful solo career in 2015. Jonghyun recently played a series of solo shows at the SK Olympic Handball Stadium in Seoul Olympic Park on December 9-10.
SHINee was also scheduled to hold concerts in Tokyo and Osaka in February.
Thousands of Korean children dream of becoming household names like rapper Psy, whose 2012 "Gangnam Style" video was a global YouTube hit, often putting up with punishing schedules in the hope of one day making it big in the music industry.