Bret Michaels, frontman for the hair metal band Poison and reality show mainstay (“Rock of Love,” “Celebrity Apprentice”) remains in an Intensive Care Unit, his condition critical, in an undisclosed hospital. However, a statement issued Sunday, noted that his speech is slurred and his vision blurred, and doctors are attempting to locate the source of the subarachnoid hemorrhage at the base of his brain in order to properly treat the 47-years-old rocker-turned-reality star. Bret Michaels is currently under 24-hour observation as well, according to an update on his Facebook page.
Michaels called for an ambulance Thursday night after suffering from such severe head pain that he described it as being hit repeatedly with a baseball bat. Doctors refer to the type of headache suffered by Michaels as a “thunderclamp headache.” Reps told the Los Angeles Times that the rocker was rushed to an L. A. area hospital shortly after complaining of the pain.
Doctors are also uncertain as to what might have caused the brain hemorrhage.
Bret Michaels was released from a Texas hospital from an emergency appendectomy just eight days before the onset of the brain hemorrhage. The rocker suffers from diabetes, a condition he has battled since childhood.
There has also been speculation that Bret Michaels fast-paced rock ‘n roll lifestyle — as lead singer of Poison and as a solo artist — may have contributed to the condition. A head injury incurred at the 2009 Tony Awards, where he was performing with Poison, has also been suggested as a possible cause.
According to Dr. Keith Siller of New York University’s Comprehensive Stroke Care Center, it is highly unlikely that any of those things caused the brain hemorrhage. He told People.com that the most likely trigger for what appears to be an aneurysm was smoking. Still, he notes that the key is finding the source of the bleeding.
Bret Michaels rose to fame in the 1980s with his band Poison, which dominated the video and record charts for into the 1990s. Bret Michaels formed his own production company, Michaels Productions, and made several independent movies. Primarily known as a rocker, he quasi-reinvented himself on reality shows like “Rock of Love.” Currently, he stars on “Celebrity Apprentice 3,” where he has raised a considerable amount of money for the American Diabetes Association.
At the end of Sunday night’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” a video of Bret Michaels was shown and a voiceover stated: “Everyone here at NBC wishes Bret Michaels a speedy recovery.” (Episodes of “Celebrity Apprentice” were filmed weeks ago and only the finale is partially “live.”)
Donald Trump, creator and host of “Celebrity Apprentice” said in a statement Friday that he was “deeply saddened” by the turn of events for the rocker. “”He’s a great competitor and champion, and I hope he will be fine.”