Bret Michaels rushed off stage at New Hampshire show

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Bret Michaels was rushed off stage for a medical emergency at his show in New Hampshire on Thursday night. The Poison frontman was just three songs into his set at the Palace Theater in Manchester when he had to rush off stage, only to return a few minutes later to tell the crowd he could not continue.

Michaels, who has had type 1 diabetes since he was a child, suffered from 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. According to a statement from Michael’s reps, “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.”

In a post on Michael’s Facebook page, “Team Brett” thanked first responders: “Sending a huge shout out to all the paramedics both on and off duty who have assisted Bret tonight. No words can thank you enough for your help.”

On Michael’s wesbiste, guitarist Pete Evick explained the situation. “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,” he said. “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.”

Michaels also had a major health scare in 2010 when he suffered a brain hemorrhage and stroke.

The veteran rockers has postponed several upcoming shows. He is scheduled to return to New England later this year for a show at Indian Ranch in Webster, Massachusetts on September 13.

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