- Title: Big Bangâ€™s T.O.P suffers from drug overdose
- Date: 7th June 2017
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (JUNE 7, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AT EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY MOKDONG HOSPITAL AND OTOLARYNGOLOGIST, KIM HAN-SU, STANDING AT PODIUM AND DOCTORS IN CHARGE OF HOSPITALISED MEMBER OF K-POP GROUP BIG BANG'S T.O.P, CHOI SEUNG-HYUN, WALKING IN JOURNALISTS TYPING ON COMPUTERS / PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PICTURES (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) CHIEF DOCTOR IN T.O.P'S MEDICAL TEAM, LEE DUK-HEE, SAYING: "When he arrived (at the hospital) his level of consciousness was low due to drug overdose. And his blood test result was also very bad." JOURNALISTS TYPING ON LAPTOP KIM SPEAKING WITH T.O.P'S DOCTOR TEAM STANDING AROUND HIM (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AT EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY MOKDONG HOSPITAL AND OTOLARYNGOOLOGIST, KIM HAN-SU, SAYING: "The psychiatrist tried to speak with him at around 3 p.m. local time (0600GMT) but his conscious level had yet to fully recover, so we couldn't do a proper psychiatric consultation." EXTERIOR OF EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY MOKDONG HOSPITAL SIGNBOARD READING (Korean/English): "EXTERIOR OF EWHA WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY MOKDONG HOSPITAL"
- Embargoed: 21st June 2017 09:55
- Keywords: doctor news conference kpop Big Bang member TOP drug overdose Big Bang's TOP unconscious in hospital
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016KA368D
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- Story Text: T.O.P, a member of South Korean boyband Big Bang, has been hospitalised for drug overdose on Wednesday (June 7).
Doctors at Seoul's Ewha Womans University Mokdong hospital said the K-pop star was admitted into emergency ward with low level of consciousness after he was found overdosed with benzodiazepine, a drug typically used to treat anxiety or depression.
His consciousness has yet to recover since admission, doctor said.
The incident came a day after T.O.P, whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, was indicted without detention on charges of smoking marijuana in October last year, South Korea's news agency Yonhap said. He could face maximum five years jail term or up to 50 million won ($44,503 USD) of fine if found guilty.
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