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Bret Michaels Hospitalized While Touring with Poison in Nashville: 'Working on Being Back 100%'

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Bret Michaels encountered a medical emergency while on tour.

The Poison frontman, 59, was hospitalized Thursday in Nashville just before the band was set to perform as part of the Stadium Tour with Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, PEOPLE confirms.

His bandmates took to the stage with the announcement, regrettably informing the audience they wouldn't be able to perform, according to TMZ, which first reported the news.

Michaels later confirmed the incident on his personal Instagram late Thursday night, writing, "To the incredible fans in Nashville, thank you for all your well wishes!! I was truly fired up to get on stage in Music City and perform, but due to an unforeseen medical complication and following hospitalization, it was not possible. I send my deepest apologies for being unable to rock the stage tonight!!! I'm working on being back 100% very soon and hope you rocked hard with my friends Motley/Leppard/Joan and the Classless Act!!!"

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Michaels, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6, previously spoke to PEOPLE on the 10th anniversary of his brain hemorrhage in 2020, which happened to fall on the night he was revealed as the banana on season 3 of The Masked Singer.

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"This is the roses and thorns of my life," he said at the time. "I'm so grateful. I celebrate the anniversary as being on the good side of the dirt and surviving. I don't ever celebrate the brain hemorrhage.

"But how ironic that it is literally 10 years to the moment when the show airs, it was airing at the exact time that they were operating at night on my brain. Who knew that this would all come full circle on April 22? On my kids' life, my life, I had no idea that any of this would line up," Michaels added.

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The Rock of Love star had surgery to repair a hole in his heart following a mini-stroke in 2011, a year after suffering his brain hemorrhage.

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"It has been rough. But I'm feeling pretty damn good. I'm really blessed to be here," he told PEOPLE in 2012.

"I thank a higher power that I am alive today," Michaels added. "It just wasn't my time to go. I know I'm still here for a reason. So, working with charities and helping others has become really important to me."

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