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Bret Michaels suffers medical emergency at concert

(Reuters) - Rocker Bret Michaels was rushed offstage apparently suffering from seriously low blood sugar during a New Hampshire concert on Thursday, his bandmate said in a statement posted on the singer's website.

Michaels, who suffers from diabetes, was three songs into his set at the Palace Theater in Manchester, New Hampshire when he had to be led off stage, said guitarist Pete Evick.

Bret Michaels Leaves Stage After Medical Emergency

"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."

Michaels returned briefly to tell the crowd that he couldn't continue the performance, then was helped offstage and evaluated by paramedics, the statement said.

Michaels' Twitter and Facebook accounts said at midnight on Thursday: "Sending a shout out 2 all the paramedics both on & off duty who assisted Bret tonight. No words can thank you enough for ur help."

In 2010, Michaels was rushed to a hospital overnight with an excruciating headache that turned out to be a brain hemorrhage.

Michaels was formerly the frontman for the 80s glam-rock band Poison, whose hits included the ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." He has since appeared in numerous reality television shows including VHI's "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels."

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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abels May 30 2014 at 8:54 AM

Wow. What uninformed comments. Type 1 diabetics develop hypoglycemic unawareness. They are unable to tell when their blood glucose levels are dropping to lethal levels - and it can happen within minutes. This had nothing to do with his age or how well he takes care of himself. It's a true medical emergency that is part of being a Type 1 diabetic.

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mickey May 30 2014 at 8:53 AM

some of your comments are so mean he has medical issues and as you get older they will come for you all that talk all this crap....hope you feel better soon Brett...

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bhughes731 May 30 2014 at 8:22 AM


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Portia Prater bhughes731 May 30 2014 at 8:47 AM

Bret all our prayers are with you son to make a full recovery may God bless.

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petersjlynn May 30 2014 at 9:14 AM

I've been Type 1 - Insulin dependent - diabetic since 1963. He probably went into a Transient Ischemic Attack - mini-stroke- often caused when blood glucose falls dangerously low. The reason he had to quit is because anytime blood sugar drops below 50 - probable cause for a TIA - heart failure looms. I woke up in an emergency room 15 years ago and was told mine had dropped to 23. Low blood sugar is the absolute worst feeling in the world and sometimes comes out of nowhere. He's young and should rebound quickly.

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tom May 30 2014 at 8:50 AM

A lot of people must hate their own lives and have to trash others to feel somewhat relevant. What about Mick Jaggar, Paul Mc, etc? Eventually all of you will come down with some kind of medical prob.

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Mimi May 30 2014 at 9:16 AM

Isn't it sad...even in the world of entertainment....the haters come out in full force.....
Just say...".Get well Bret..hope you are better soon..".......or say nothing at all...
Hateful, nasty remarks are uncalled for and only show you for what you are !!!! ..

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melissacarey1 May 30 2014 at 9:10 AM

I am really surprised by all the mean comments. It's very sad that there are so many mean, rude people in this world. I love Bret Michaels and I hope he is ok and continues to perform and be happy. God bless him.

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Elizabeth May 30 2014 at 7:56 AM

He needs to be more aware of his medical issues.

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gatorsigns4 May 30 2014 at 8:26 AM

Who cares...

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aGemini May 30 2014 at 9:11 AM

With all due respect … knowing you have this condition it is important to stay on top of it, as in eating a certain times of the day, frequently, the right kinds of food, and keeping a roll of glucose tablets with you at all times. If you are about to present a concert … lots of people … money paid, etc., perhaps it is important to have a doctor with you to check what ever it is one needs to check as a part of getting ready to perform. Just saying!!!!

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