While on tour, Bret Michaels had a medical emergency. PEOPLE confirms that the Poison vocalist, 59, was hospitalized Thursday in Nashville, just before the band was scheduled to perform as part of the Stadium Tour alongside Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Michaels’ representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.
According to TMZ, which broke the news first, his bandmates took to the stage with the announcement, regretfully telling the audience that they would be unable to play.
Michaels, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six, previously spoke to PEOPLE on the tenth anniversary of his brain hemorrhage in 2020, which occurred to coincide with the night he was exposed as the banana on season three of The Masked Singer.
“This is my life’s roses and thorns,” he commented at the time. “I’m quite grateful. I commemorate the anniversary of surviving and being on the good side of the dirt. I never celebrate a brain bleed.
“How ironic that literally 10 years later, when the episode airs, it was airing at the same time that they were operating on my brain at night.” Who would have guessed that everything would come full circle on April 22nd? “I had no concept that any of this would come together in my kids’ and my lives,” Michaels continued.
A year after his brain hemorrhage, the Rock of Love singer underwent surgery to fix a hole in his heart caused by a mini-stroke in 2011.
“It has been difficult. But I’m in a terrific mood. “I feel really fortunate to be here,” he told PEOPLE in 2012. “I’m grateful to a higher power that I’m alive today,” Michaels continued. “It was just not my time.” I understand why I’m still here. As a result, volunteering with organizations and assisting others has become very important to me.”