T.O.P was brought to the hospital a day after being indicted without detention on charges relating to marijuana use. Days before, it had been revealed that the musician was under investigation after he tested positive for the drug, which is illegal in South Korea, while fulfilling his mandatory military service as a conscripted police officer in Seoul’s Gangnam district, from which he has since been suspended, according to the Korea Herald.
Prior to the overdose, a photo of a handwritten letter by T.O.P was posted to YG Entertainment’s website, where the BIGBANG member addressed the incident and apologized to his supporters.
“First of all, I would like to extend my sincere apology to many of you for causing huge disappointment and disturbance,” he said, according to a translation by the same newspaper. “I feel so embarrassed that I can’t show myself in front of you to apologize.
“I have no excuses and deserve any kind of punishment. I feel very regretful and fearful for having left an irreparable scar in everyone’s hearts, including our members, my agency, friends and family. I will reflect on my wrongdoing over and over again. Once more, I apologize for not being able to apologize to everyone personally.”
As one-fifth of BIGBANG, T.O.P became one of the most recognized musicians in Asia, with his deep-voiced raps becoming a mainstay of the group’s sound over the past decade. Aside from his role within the band, T.O.P has also pursued a solo career in music and appeared in a variety of South Korean films and television shows.
T.O.P began his obligatory service in South Korea’s armed forces as a policemen in February. His first trial regarding the marijuana investigation will take place on at the Seoul Central District Court on June 29, and will determine how his sentence affects his military service.