Noise11’s Paul Cashmere’s “Bret Michaels Cancels Show Three Songs In For Medical Emergency” provides an update to the Rock of Love entertainer.
The journalist’s reporting that Bret Michaels did not only suffer from severe low blood sugar or diabetic insulin shock on Thursday evening. Exhaustion, dehydration, fever, and nono flu virus all contributed to the sudden fall down.
On Thursday, the singer was only three songs into a set when his guitarist Pete Evick noticed the erratic behavior. He was rushed from the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, to the city's Catholic Medical Center.
Evick posted on Michaels' Facebook page, detailing the initial reaction for the band. "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." Startled, he continued playing like the singer had requested until "one of the crew returned instantly to notify me that Bret's blood sugar was extremely low."
The former Poison singer suffers from type-1 diabetes and has openly admitted to care monitoring since childhood. Evick lets the public know the bandanaed one "basically had to be dragged off the stage in his sickest of conditions." Unable to speak and during medical evaluation, he "begged me to apologize to the fans and seemed only concerned for them."
A spokesman for the band later offered 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.”
MTV’s account in “Bret Michaels Cancels Friday Show After Becoming ‘Violently Ill’ Onstage” by Emily Blake corroborates Cashmere’s piece by saying “the singer was suffering from a combination of low blood sugar, insulin shock and dehydration as a result of the flu.”
An update on the singer’s Facebook by Evick states that inability “to keep substance in his system complications with his insulin levels and inability to balance his blood sugar levels arose."
“Doctors have ordered him to let the flu virus run it’s course and let his blood sugar rebalance and remain consistent.”
Such complications are dangerous for diabetics, as low sugar often create a yo-yo effect and dehydration shuts down the body’s organs over time. Evick ends that the illness “must be monitored and taken very seriously.”