Rocker-turned-reality star Bret Michael is conscious but speaking with slurred speech after being rushed to the hospital on Friday suffering a massive brain hemorrhage.
Doctors diagnosed a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage, or bleeding at the base of his brain stem, after the 47-year-old musician complained of an excruciating headache.
Bret remains in critical condition, but is conscious and talking with slow, slurred speech, his publicist said on Sunday. He’s still under 24-hour supervision as doctors try to locate the source of the brain bleeding.
“Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete, the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness etc will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal,” a rep for the star said in a statement this afternoon.
Michaels — who was diagnosed with diabetes as a child — had an emergency appendectomy earlier this month. In a blog entry pened on Wednesday, Bret called his recent health troubles a “wake-up call to be a little bit more diligent on keeping control of my health.”
The type of aneurysm that Bret has occurs in only about 2% of the population — sometimes even smoking can trigger the rupture.
Michaels rose to fame in the 1980s as frontman of the glam-rock band Poison. In recent years, the rock star has found fame as a reality TV star, appearing on such shows as VH1′s Rock of Love and on the current season of Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice — during which he has raised approximately $100,000 for The American Diabetes Association.
His latest album Custom Built is set for release later this year.