Bret Michaels issues health update; cancels weekend shows

Bret Micheals has released an update regarding his health scare during a performance in Manchester, NH Thursday (May 29th) night when he was rushed offstage after performing three songs.

The following statement was posted on his Facebook page Friday.

“As previously announced, entertainer Bret Michaels was physically forced to leave the stage last night at the Palace Theater in Manchester, New Hampshire due to complications involving insulin shock & severe low blood sugar, along with other conditions which doctors later determined included exhaustion/dehydration/fever and the noro flu virus. Michaels attempted to return to the stage to finish the show however it was clear to the band, crew, and audience that he would not be able to continue, as he walked of the stage and became violently ill.

“Paramedics present at the show immediately responded and 911 was notified. Unable to keep substance in his system complications with his insulin levels and inability to balance his blood sugar levels arose. Michaels was rushed by ambulance to CMC (Catholic Medical Center), and monitored through the evening as doctors tried to bring his blood sugar back to healthy levels.

“Under strict medical direction Michaels will not be able to perform this evening in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as doctors have ordered him to let the flu virus run it’s course and let his blood sugar rebalance and remain consistent. While hoping to perform tomorrow in Albany, type 1 diabetes complicates health issues such as the nora flu virus and must be monitored and taken very seriously.”

On Saturday, another update was given along with a cancellation of Saturday’s show in Albany, NY.

“I’m sorry to announce that Bret will not be performing in Albany, NY today. As I’ve stated before I have stood with Bret for over 9 years and have been around the world with him. I was there when his appendix burst, was there through the brain hemorrhage and watched him re-learn to walk and talk, not to mention countless blood sugar scares, but nothing like this. The complication of this brutal flu virus and how it has affected his blood glucose levels has been awful to watch. The perfect cocktail of such a virus along with diabetes and a high temperature is to be taken very seriously.

“Today even more so than yesterday, it took a team of doctors, friends and family to convince Bret to not return to the stage. He doesn’t believe it’s the right idea, but those close to him along with all of you I’m sure would rather have him miss one more day and then take the next few days to recover rather than to cause more problems by pushing himself right? From my point of view, most non-diabetics take a week off work when they contract a flu like this, so two days is still pretty crazy. I have no doubt he will be up and running at 100 percent soon. We will certainly be in St Louis next week at Jefferson Barracks Veterans Memorial Amphitheater to continue the party.

“While hoping to perform tomorrow in Albany, type 1 diabetes complicates health issues such as the nora flu virus and must be monitored and taken very seriously.”

“Until then, thank you all for your well wishes and support. We’ve all made sure Bret’s received them all and he is both thankful and grateful.”

The news of Micheals’ health scare broke late Thursday night on social media when Bret Michaels Band (BMB) guitarist and producer informed fans of the incident.

“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. 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. When I rushed to the bus he could barley speak, but begged me to apologize to the fans and seemed only concerned for them.”

Micheals is currently on tour with his solo band and earlier reports indicate that the singer has no current plans to reunite with his Poison bandmates for a summer tour that was initially planned.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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