One of the most beautiful, stylish, and talented men on the planet, K-Pop legend T.O.P. from the band Big Bang, was reportedly found unconscious from an apparent drug overdose and has been receiving treatment at an intensive care unit in a Seoul hospital. The group’s agency YG Entertainment confirmed to the Korea Herald on Tuesday that the 29-year-old singer, whose real name is Choi Seung Hyun, had apparently overdosed on tranquilizers he had been taking for medical reasons, according to police.
A source from YG said, “T.O.P has been taken to the Intensive Care Unit and is receiving intensive care. He normally takes tranquilizers, but according to the police he took more than usual this time.”
The source continued, “We are still checking whether or not he has regained consciousness yet. Please wait for developments.”
T.O.P.’s hospitalization comes off the heels of a marijuana scandal. He was officially charged last Wednesday for smoking the substance, which is illegal in South Korea, with a 22-year-old female singer at his home in Seoul last October. The charge puts his mandatory two-year military service in jeopardy; he temporarily left Big Bang in February to begin his service, which must be completed before the age of 35. The Korean military police issued a statement on the indictment, noting, “There is a law that states a soldier can be expelled if he is not fit to fulfill his duties. We will soon be ordering him to leave the division.”
In 2008, T.O.P. was also hospitalized after what was heavily rumoured (and fiercely denied by YG) to be a suicide attempt.
Here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery.
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