Bret Michaels has brain hemorrhage

Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:55pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rocker-turned-reality star Bret Michaels has suffered a brain hemorrhage and is in critical condition in hospital, his representatives confirmed on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Michaels confirmed a report by People magazine that the 47-year-old musician was rushed to hospital overnight with an excruciating headache.

Doctors diagnosed a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage, or bleeding at the base of his brain stem. The location of the hospital was not disclosed.

"(It) will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation," the source told People.

The rock singer's spokeswoman said there would be no more information given until he has additional tests.

Michaels rose to fame in the 1980s at the helm of Poison, a glam-rock band whose hits included the ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

He was diagnosed with diabetes as a child and just last week disclosed he had an emergency appendectomy earlier this month. In a blog entry, he called it a "wake-up call to be a little bit more diligent on keeping control of my health."

In recent years, Michaels found fame as a reality TV star in such shows as VH1's dating contest "Rock of Love" and on the current season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."

His latest album "Custom Built" is due to be released later this year and he recently recorded a song with Disney starlet Miley Cyrus.

On "The Celebrity Apprentice," which was filmed several months ago but is about halfway through its broadcast run on NBC, Michaels has raised $100,000 for his charity, the American Diabetes Association, and is a strong contender to win.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Jill Serjeant and John O'Callaghan)