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Originally posted 11/14/2011 07:15AM
Bret Michaels has been through a lot in the past two years – and knows he's one of the lucky ones.
Sitting backstage with PEOPLE at the Orlando Hard Rock Cafe, a thin but energetic Michaels, discussing his health scare and his fortunes both good and bad, says: "It has been rough. But I'm feeling pretty damn good. I'm really blessed to be here."
In April 2010, the Poison frontman and reality star, 48, underwent an emergency appendectomy. A few days later, he was struck by a subarachnoid hemorrhage – bleeding in his brain stem that could have proved fatal.
After surgery, he was hospitalized again, this time with a small stroke. And in January, he had surgery to repair a hole in his heart. "It was one thing after another," says Michaels. "It was like, 'What next?' "
Originally posted 08/12/2011 07:30AM
Jani Lane, former lead singer of the '80s glam metal group Warrant, was found dead in a Southern California motel Thursday night, according to reports. He was 47.
No cause of death has been announced. Lane's body was found at the Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, reports TMZ.com.
"We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss," longtime friend Bret Michaels Tweeted Thursday night. "Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI."
Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx added: "I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP."
Originally posted 05/31/2011 05:30PM
Alec Baldwin has gone from 30 Rock to '80s rock.
Sporting long locks and facial hair, the actor, 53, threw on a bandana and a Levi's jacket while filming a scene for the big-screen adaptation of Rock of Ages.
Director Adam Shankman Tweeted the photo of Baldwin and the flick's costar Russell Brand.
Originally posted 03/26/2011 11:20AM
The June 2009 Tony Awards scenery mishap that resulted in a head injury to Bret Michaels has now erupted into a lawsuit that the musician filed Friday in Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Michaels's attorney, Alex Weingarten, issued the following press statement, reports EW.com: "The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret’s head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings … Bret never wanted to file a lawsuit, but the Tony Awards have left us with no choice. They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do."
In the suit against CBS and the Tony Awards for unspecified damages, Michaels – who ever since the incident has suffered precarious health – claims that despite his asking producers for instructions on where to stand on the Radio City Music Hall stage during his performance, he was only told to "simply exit the stage from the rear."
Originally posted 03/13/2011 06:10PM
After all the battles Bret Michaels has fought over the past 12 months, he still ranks winning Celebrity Apprentice as "one the toughest things I've ever done emotionally and physically, because they drain you down to find who the winner is." So now he has some expert advice for the show's remaining hopefuls.
"You got to work hard, delegate and be able to perform on a fume," says Michaels, who turns 48 March 15. "Because you don't eat a whole lot and you don't sleep a whole lot, and that's the truth."
He adds: "Listen to what Donald Trump and the task assigners are asking you to do. And you better be good at rallying your team, even when they don't like you or believe in you. Eventually, you're going to be facing the same people you worked with."
Originally posted 02/17/2011 03:25PM
Bret Michaels is recovering so well from surgery in January to repair a hole in his heart that he's ready to perform again next month.
"I am pumped to get back on the road and start rocking out on stage for all my awesome fans,” Michaels, 47, says.
He's gearing up to headline the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series sponsored by the Competitor Group, with a four-city tour that kicks off in Dallas and benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure (to breast cancer) on March 27.
Originally posted 01/31/2011 09:35PM
While recovering from heart surgery, Bret Michaels suffered a massive drop in blood pressure, but his doctor found the cause and the singer is doing better again.
"Bret suffered no setbacks and is fine. It's always good for patients to be evaluated when they're not feeling well," says Dr. Mansour Assar, an interventional cardiologist.
The rocker, 47, is recuperating at home in Arizona after undergoing surgery Jan. 24 to repair a hole in his heart. The hole was discovered when he suffered a mini-stroke last May.
Originally posted 01/26/2011 04:15PM
Bret Michaels has bounced back once again.
Two days after undergoing a successful operation to repair a hole in his heart, the rocker has been released from the hospital.
Michaels headed home, where he's surrounded by loved ones as he heals, including his new fiancée Kristi Gibson.
"Bret is recuperating at home with his family," a source tells PEOPLE. "He is looking forward to enjoying time with Kristi and his daughters as well as getting back on the road."
Originally posted 01/25/2011 07:30AM
Bret Michaels had surgery on Monday to repair a hole in his heart – an operation that had been planned for some time and went well.
"Bret Michaels underwent a successful heart procedure today at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix," the hospital said in a statement. "Michaels is currently recuperating at St. Joseph's where he remains for observation in ICU."
The hole in his heart was discovered last May, after Michaels, 47, suffered a mini-stroke.
Originally posted 12/21/2010 03:30PM
Yep, he did it.
"They swore I was the guy who would never," Bret Michaels, who asked his on-off girlfriend of 16 years Kristi Gibson to be his wife on the Monday night finale of his VH1 reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, tells PEOPLE. "And it feels awesome."
The rocker had been thinking about proposing but couldn't seem to find the right moment. It seemed like everyone was geared up for it to happen at the anniversary dinner the night before at Mastro's, but Michaels, 47, felt like there were too many waiters and other patrons milling around.
"I wasn't ready there because I felt really strange," he says. "It would've been like, I'm in the middle of proposing and oh, by the way, there's a Cobb salad coming."
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