Reports of TOP’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Just this morning, Big Bang label YG Entertainment issued an official statement on the matter.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Big Bang’s TOP is very much alive and breathing. Earlier, the Korean rapper overdosed on a brutal cocktail of substances, and rush into intensive care. The cocktail included a nasty mix of tranquilizers, washed down with a slosh of alcohol.
“Big Bang’s TOP is not dead.”
That’s enough to kill someone or create serious brain damage. Thankfully, Big Bang rapper TOP looks to have experienced neither. “Big Bang’s TOP is not dead,” one medical source relayed, while pointing to consciousness and recovery. Earlier, the patient was unresponsive and unconscious, but displaying vital signs.
The combination of tranquilizer and alchohol sounds like a suspiciously lethal self-injection. But there’s no indication that TOP (real name: Choi Seung-hyun) was trying to kill himself.
The incident follows an arrest over marijuana consumption. The rapper soon plead guilty and apologized to fans. The South Korean military quickly delisted the rapper.
The rapper will soon relocate to an entirely different facility. According to an official statement issued by YG Entertainment, Seung-hyun is very much awake. But the label also acknowledged that fans and visitors were thronging the rapper’s room, making it tough for other patients. That includes a gaggle of reporters, all of whom thronged around TOP’s ward at Ewha Womans University Makdong Hospital.
Here’s the official statement on the matter:
“We offer our deep apologies to any patients inconvenienced over the past few days. Accordingly, TOP will move from the intensive care unit to the general ward, based on the advice of medical staff.
“TOP’s guardian has requested a transfer into a different facility with single rooms. This will make visiting him a smoother process. We will not be releasing the name of the new hospital as we wish to avoid the situation we faced at the first hospital. We ask for your understanding.”
Earlier, the rapper’s mother revealed that her son was close to death, and unresponsive. That conflicted with numerous reports from Korean media, resulting to a mix of panic and confusion among fans.