Heartbreaking news for Royal Pirates fans— James Lee is retiring from the industry due to severe health problems.
On January 31st KST, the young artist and talented musician posted a handwritten letter to fans on his Instagram account:
“I’ve tried to power through and be as positive as possible, but I am at the point where I need to do what is right for me… Ever since I was a kid, the idea of finishing whatever I started has been branded into my brain. I’ve spent the last two years trying to pick up the pieces and salvage what I could.
But I recently found out that on top of a possible 6th surgery to restore whatever function I can in my hand, I also have a blood clot in my brain. So I’ve accepted that leaving now is not quitting, but redirecting my life. And I hope you can agree that this is what’s best.
I am so sorry for letting you down, but I hope you know I gave you guys everything I had. I never resented the blood, sweat & tears… only the missed opportunities and memories I envisioned when I first moved to Seoul.
Thank you for your support & love & loyalty & the memories & everything.
I wish RP & you all the success in the world.
I will never forget you guys.
Royal Pirates is a Korean-American rock band that has faced serious trials throughout their young career. In 2008, Richard, one of their original members and the brother of current member Kim Moon Chul, passed away in a car accident. After the terrible loss, they changed their name and direction.
The group went on to make their official debut in Korea in 2013 and enjoyed success as an up-and-coming rock band. In 2015 however, James was involved in a freak accident that left his hand severely damaged. As he was walking into a restaurant, the door fell on him and damaged his wrist/hand very badly. Unable to continue playing bass as a result, he switched to keyboards and continued as part of the band.
On top of his injury still giving him trouble two years later, it seems he has even more health issues than expected. The news that he has a blood clot in his brain was enough to make the singer finally give in for the benefit of his health. He will be retiring from the music industry and returning to be with his family in the USA.
We are so sorry to hear the sad news from James and pray for his recovery and continued success wherever his paths take him.
Read his full post below.
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