Singer Han Dong Geun confessed to suffering from epilepsy.
On the October 27 airing of KBS 2TV 'Happy Together,' the singer discussed his passing out during 'Masked King.' Hang Dong Geun shared, "I have an illness called epilepsy."
He explained, "Brain cells are connected with electric current, but when I am stressed out, the current becomes temporarily weak, and I become stiff and have a seizure...I can't remember the before and after [of the seizure]. Everyone has different symptoms."
Hang Dong Geun shared a story, saying, "I wake up in the morning but then find myself on the bathroom floor, sleeping...And sometimes I don't remember what I did on air, so I monitor the show on TV...It's been 3-4 years since I started to pass out. Because it happened so frequently, a lot of my brain cells are dead, I am told. The seizures become worse and I have to be on medication."
To the other guests on the show who expressed concern, Hang Dong Geun explained that he has gotten better than before.
Korea's view on epilepsy is still negative, with a lot of stigma against the illness even though it can be managed with treatments. Many do not openly share about their condition, fearing discrimination. Hang Dong Geun is the first celebrity to make his epilepsy public on TV.