Bret Michaels Survives Near Death Experiences and Reality TV in Photos

Bret Michaels is proving to be the hardiest of aging rock stars - both in and out of the spotlight. See more of his close calls in photos.

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In this undated image released by Bret Michaels Entertainment, Poison frontman and TV reality star Bret Michaels displays the injuries he received after performing at the Tony awards on Sunday, June 7, 2009, in New York
Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Poison became one of the biggest glam metal bands in the world and Bret Michaels' drug and alcohol consumption matched the heights of the band's success. In 1994 Michaels, during an evening of partying with Sean Penn's brother Chris, was on his way to an afterparty in Los Angeles when he crashed his Ferrari into a telephone pole. Driving solo in the car, the singer incurred serious injury, including broken ribs, nose and several fingers. "I was just hauling ass and lost control of the car. That’s pretty much it. And, just, thank God that I didn’t hurt anyone but myself," Michaels told the Houston Press of the incident, adding "That was the first question out of my mouth to the police when I woke up, 'Did I hurt anyone?' You gotta remember, at this point I had broken my ribs, I was missing teeth, it wasn’t a pleasant picture. I wasn’t out there trying to be an idiot, we were just out there kinda racing, having fun and I just lost control of the car."
The Poison frontman was laid out again while performing in the opening number of the 2009 Tony Awards show at Radio City Music Hall. A descending backdrop hit him on the head as he was leaving the stage following the Posion's performance of "Nothin' But a Good Time" with the cast of "Rock of Ages."
Mr. Michaels, who broke his nose and received three stitches in his lip, filed suit against the producers of the Tonys show, saying he was not warned about the set change in the opening number.
MIchaels claims that his injury contributed to a brain hemorrhage he was treated for in 2010. His lawsuit also named CBS, which shows the Tonys ceremony, saying the network did not have to broadcast his accident, which became a widely circulated video clip on the Internet. The lawsuit was settled with the organizers of the Tony Awards in 2012.
Splitting his time between Poison and a burgeoning solo career, Michaels spent much of the late 1990s and early 2000s recording and touring. It was also during this period he began to appear on reality television shows such as VH1's "Behind the Music" (1999), "The Making of a Rock Star" (2001) and as a judge on the talent competition "Nashville Star" (2003).
In early 2010, Michaels was rushed to the hospital after suffering intense stomach pains, and an emergency appendectomy was performed. Weeks later he was rushed to hospital again and doctors discovered he had suffered a brain hemorrhage that left him with sim odds of survival. Rock star Bret Michaels was treated at Barrow in 2010 for a brain hemorrhage and says he owes his life to Barrow and Dr. Michaels and his neurosurgeon Joseph Zabramski, MD, officially opened the Bret Michaels Hospitality and Music Room at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. The room, donated by Michaels, will be used for patients and families to relax.
Dr. Joseph Zabramski shows a slide of singer Bret Michaels' brain at a news conference Tuesday, May 4, 2010. After succesfully overcoming the hemorrhage, it was reported in April on his official website that Michaels had been "readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body." This time Doctors discovered he had a hole in his heart, a condition that was treatable and for which he underwent successful surgery in 2011.
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Barely recovered from the hemorrhage, Michaels made it back to New York just in time to be told by Donald Trump that he had won "Celebrity Apprentice," and that the American Diabetes Association would get a $250,000 donation.
Rock of Love apparently it wasn't when the musician-turned-reality star broke off his engagement with Kristi Gibson in 2012. The two first started datingin the mid-'90s. And after 17-plus years in which they were mostly on, save a brief fling Michaels had with Pamela Anderson, the "Nothin' but a Good Time" singer got down on bended knee and proposed to his longtime gal-pal during the finale of his VH1 reality series, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, in December 2010.
Bret Michaels at the announcement of the new cast of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. After being the first contestant to be fired from "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," Bret Michaels reportedly struggled with the disappointment of defeat. Michaels appeared on CBS' "The Talk" on Monday to discuss his shortfall. "I got hired big on the show, and I've been fired big," Michaels said, adding that it had been "horrible" to be let go after such a short stint and that his initial reaction had been one of disbelief.n"I thought they were punking me," he said.
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When Donald Trump fired Michaels during the season premiere, he showed little remorse,"You’re asking me to pick you as a winner again, which I thought was crazy," Trump told Michaels before dispensing the bad news.
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