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K-Pop Rapper Heize Hospitalized After Collapsing at SBS Gayo Daejun 2017

Heize attends the flagship store opening for "Steve J and Yoni P" in Seoul, South Korea.
Heize attends the flagship store opening for Steve J and Yoni P in Seoul, South Korea. Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

K-Pop rapper Heize was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at an awards show in South Korea on Monday, December 25.

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“It seems that Heize’s extremely busy schedule may have taken a toll on her health,” a spokesperson for the 26-year-old said in a statement to the British newspaper Metro. “Based on her diagnosis at the hospital, it has been decided that she will undergo surgery.”

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Prior to her hospitalization, Heize was battling a sore throat but still performed at the 2017 SBS Gayo Daejun, an annual end-of-year music program that has aired on the Seoul Broadcasting System since 1997. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Yoo Hee-yeol and IU, and was held at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Gocheok-dong, Seoul, South Korea.

The “Don’t You Know” rapper “will be unable to move forward with her plans and scheduled activities for the immediate future” due to her hospitalization, her spokesperson added.

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The news comes one week after the death of Heize’s fellow K-pop star Kim Jonghyun. The lead singer of SHINee was found unconscious at an apartment in southern Seoul on December 18. He was transported to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead. Authorities believe the 27-year-old’s death may have been a suicide. He was memorialized in a three-day funeral that began on Tuesday, December 19.

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