Top hallyu star Bae Yong-joon cut short his stay in Japan and returned home earlier than scheduled due to a sudden deterioration in his health, his agency BOF said.
Bae came home Friday, cancelling some events to meet with his fans. He was originally scheduled to stay there until Sunday.
His agency said the actor seemed to have overworked during his stay in Japan to promote his book “A Journey in Search of Korean Beauty” and the animated version of the mega-hit TV drama “Winter Sonata” he starred in.
Bae, diagnosed with a drop in his blood sugar level and blood pressure, was advised to relax for a while by doctors after his return. He has shown improvement after resting the past days, his agency said, adding he will undergo a medical checkup soon to see whether he needs to be hospitalized.
The 37-year-old actor shed more than 10 kilograms during his travels around the country for the compilation of essays on Korean culture and travel.
Bae fainted on Sept. 17 due to the same ailments he currently suffers from and was hospitalized for five days. He was then diagnosed to be in the early stage of sepsis.
He had been advised by doctors against visiting Japan but pressed ahead with the plan and had a large-scale promotional event in the Tokyo Dome at the end of last month. (Korea Times)