Rapper T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) of Big Bang, who is now under investigation for marijuana use, fell into critical condition after being found unconscious, presumably due to drug overdose. He's taken prescribed anti-depression medicine for a long time.
The incident came a day after T.O.P, who real name is Choi Seung-hyun, was indicted on charges of smoking marijuana and transferred out of Gangnam Police Station, where he had been serving as a conscripted policeman.
The idol is now recovering in the ICU from the incident and once he has been cleared by his doctors, T.O.P will be heading back home, instead of going back to his squadron while investigations about the incident continues. Each of its team members has their own fanbase too including rapper Choi Seung-hyun or best known as T.O.P.
In response to these reports, YG Entertainment have issued out a statement on the matter, writing that T.O.P has cooperated with the police in the investigation before apologising for worrying fans. The use of marijuana is banned in South Korea, and carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, or a 50 million won fine (around $60,000 CAD). He was officially charged last Wednesday for smoking the substance, which is illegal in South Korea, with another singer in his home in February.
First of all, I would like to sincerely apologize for causing great disappointment and disturbance with a huge wrongdoing. My fans who have supported me, and my family, I have left an irreparable scar in everyone's hearts, so I believe I deserve to be punished.
Emergency department's Lee Deok Hee, however, indicated that they are still unable to identify the amount of medication Choi actually took and noted that they also cannot approximate his recovery time. "My heart hurts, and I am very disappointed in myself". I will never make such an irresponsible mistake again. Once more, I apologize for not being able to apologize to everyone personally. I will deeply repent my wrongdoing. Because of this, is military service was put on hold. "We are now attempting to treat him but he's in an unresponsive state".