Bret Michaels Rushes Off Stage Mid-Concert For Medical Emergency
Bret Michaels experienced quite the scare this week when he had to rush off stage after playing just three songs during a concert in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday, May 29. According to a Facebook message written by guitarist Pete Evick, the former Poison frontman's low blood sugar was to blame for the medical emergency.
"This is a message I never imagined I'd have to post. Tonight in Manchester, NH 3 songs into the set Bret had me sing a song as he rushed off stage," Evick wrote, via Michaels' Facebook page. "In the 9 years I've stood next to him, I've never seen a look like the one on his face as if I was a complete stranger. One of the crew returned instantly to notify me that Bret's blood sugar was extremely low."
"He returned to the stage only to announce that he could not continue. As you all know he is a health fanatic and fiercely monitors his blood sugar, he basically had to be dragged off the stage in his sickest of conditions," Evick continued. "When I rushed to the bus he could barely speak, but begged me to apologize to the fans and seemed only concerned for them. As of now he is with paramedics being evaluated. We will keep you posted throughout the evening."
Michaels, 51, has yet to comment on the situation himself, but his team did later praise the paramedics that helped him. "Sending a huge shout out to all the paramedics both on and off duty who have assisted Bret tonight," the Facebook page read. "No words can thank you enough for your help." See more pics of Bret Michaels through the years.
The Celebrity Apprentice alum, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, has had serious health scares before. Back in 2010, he had a massive brain hemorrhage. That same month, he underwent an emergency appendectomy after experiencing stomach pains.
"I could have died. When you're not planning on having a body part ripped out of you, it can be a shock to the system," Michaels blogged at the time. "I've spoken to several doctors and they all seem to be impressed with the condition I have been able to keep myself in as a juvenile diabetic. But a lot of extra care needs to be taken to make sure my body heals correctly."