South Korean media outlet Osen has reported that T.O.P was found unconscious this morning (Monday, 6th June).
According to the exclusive report, the BIGBANG member was immediately rushed to the hospital. He was then moved from the emergency room (ER) to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at around 5pm KST (4pm Malaysian time). However, as of press time, he hasn’t regained consciousness.
An acquaintance of T.O.P revealed, “The results from tests have yet to come out, but I’m suspicious that it’s due to an overdose from excessive drug use. He was having a hard time due to recent events and I think his stress reached a climax. It’s very unfortunate and I hope he wakes up soon.”
YG Entertainment has also confirmed that the rapper overdosed on medicinal drugs. T.O.P’s mother and others are also currently at the hospital waiting for him to wake up.
UPDATE (6th June, 6:30pm):
Police has revealed that the medicine used by T.O.P was an ordinary nerve stabiliser, and his condition is not serious. The authorities simply informed media that the rapper “took a lot of nervous stabiliser today” and that his senior commander-in-charge is now at the hospital.
Korean media are also reporting that the rapper has regained consciousness and is in stable condition, although there has been no official confirmation.
UPDATE (7th June, 10:10am):
Although previous reports stated that T.O.P had simply fell asleep and is starting to regain consciousness, his mother has stepped up to refute them.
While talking to reporters, she expressed her anger at these false reports.
She exclaimed, “Is it the hospital who reported that T.O.P was sleeping? The police told me that they never said that he’d regained consciousness. But why are there articles saying he did? The doctors told us that his tongue was drying, and that he is lacking oxygen input, so he could have problems with his brain. He has an oxygen mask over his nose right now.”
She also confirmed that he was unconscious when admitted to the hospital and is still not awake now. “He is still unconscious, but the media is being told wrong things,” explained T.O.P’s mother.
According to Koreaboo, his mother has also “tearfully requested” the Korean media to stop claiming that T.O.P is doing well or conscious. He is reportedly in critical condition and that he’s “close to dying”.
The rapper is also assisted by a breathing device to receive oxygen. His mother also revealed, “Due to the lack of oxygen, he may have possible brain damage.”
YG Entertainment also released a short statement confirming his mother’s claims.
It read, “When T.O.P’s mother saw the police quote she was furious. T.O.P is currently wearing an oxygen mask and he is unconscious. Visitation rights are restricted and only close relatives are looking over him.”
This comes in the wake of his marijuana use case.
More details to come.
UPDATE (8th June, 10:10am):
YG Entertainment has dropped an official statement regarding T.O.P’s condition.
The label stated:
“This is YG Entertainment. We want to apologize to everyone who has been disappointed and hurt by the series of horrible events recently that involved T.O.P.
According to the hospital briefing, T.O.P was transferred to the emergency room at Ehwa University Mokdong Hospital on 6th June after losing consciousness on the 4th at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.
We hope that T.O.P regains his health as soon as possible.
Us, YG, have a sense of responsibility we need to take for what happened. We fell short of everyone’s expectations, we will accept the fan’s reprimands with a heavy heart. We will also do our best to prevent similar problems from occuring in the future.
Once again, we would like to apologize to everyone we have worried.”
UPDATE (8th June, 2:45pm):
We have some good news about T.O.P’s condition!
The rapper’s mother told the press that her son was getting better after she completed her routine visit at 1:45pm. She also added that T.O.P opened his eyes. “My son’s condition has improved a lot. I had eye contact with my son,” she shared.
When asked if T.O.P recognised her, she said, “Yes.”
UPDATE (9th June, 10:25am):
Several news site have stated that T.O.P is currently well enough to walk around the ICU. This was first reported by Sports Chosun, and corroborated by other media outlets, who claimed that the rapper was seen walking around at 8:30am KST (7:30am Malaysian time).
However, there has been no official confirmation, so it’s best to take the news with a grain of salt until YG Entertainment or the hospital releases a statement.
Yesterday (Thursday, 9th June), Koreaboo cited a hospital worker, who claimed that T.O.P has regained consciousness and will most likely be leaving the hospital tomorrow.
In the meantime, the doctors who are treating the BIGBANG member have also shed some light on T.O.P’s condition.