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Brett Michaels Condition, Brain Hemorrhage Caused By 2009 Tony Awards Accident?

There seems to be a lot of speculation as to what may have caused Poison lead singer and reality show star (“Rock of Love,” “Celebrity Apprentice”) Bret Michaels’ brain hemorrhage and his current condition.  Much of that speculation either deals with connections to his diabetes, his rockstar lifestyle, and/or the accidental head injury he incurred at the 2009 Tony Awards.  The latter focus of speculation — the accident at the 2009 Tony Awards — may be the most popular because there is video evidence of it.  The “cause” isn’t invisible, as it is with Bret Michaels’ diabetes or the slow errosive effects of a presumed self-destructive lifestyle. 

But could the head injury which happened in June of 2009 really have caused Bret Michaels’ brain to bleed months later?  Some maintain that it is unlikely, but what if the fall caused by the accident caused damage that degenerated until the subarachnoid hemorrhage presented itself Thursday evening?  Bret Michaels himself said in a statement after the 2009 Tony Awards accident that he believes he black out after hitting the back of his head against the stage.  Given all the research that has gone into concussions and concussive effects, there could have been relatively minor damage done to the brain tissue that might have been virtually undetectable at the time but which grew steadily more life-threatening as weeks and months progressed. 

In the video of the 2009 Tony Awards accident, the Poison frontman certainly goes down hard.  Still, unfortunately, not enough is known.  And not knowing includes whether or not the accident at the 2009 Tony Awards could have been the original cause of the brain hemorrhage. 

Bret Michaels is still in critical condition in an ICU at an undisclosed medical facility.  His Facebook section, “Bret Michaels Notes,” repeated Monday the update from Sunday:   “As of now Bret remains in ICU under 24 hour surveillance. Further testing this week will help locate the source of the bleeding.

“Look for an official medical report from doctors this week at

“Please remember Bret is, and always has been, a fighter and survivor and is under the best medical care possible.”

ABC’s “Good Morning America” noted when reporting on Bret Michaels’ condition that on one out of four individuals who suffer a subarachnoid hemorrhage dies within the first week and half die within six months. 

Sunday night, a post-script was appended to the broadcast of “Celebrity Apprentice,” the reality show in which Bret Michaels currently stars in — and still has a chance to win.   Along with a video of Bret Michaels walking in slow motion, a voiceover stated: “Everyone here at NBC wishes Bret Michaels a speedy recovery.”

The Associated Press report video of the 2009 Tony Awards accident follows.

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