Why was Bret Michaels just hospitalized?

Bret Michaels is undoubtedly still at the top of his game after all these years, still selling shows around the world with his rock band Poison. In fact, the rocker still rides so high that it was announced back in 2019 that Poison would be touring with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts with headliners Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard as they toured stadiums across the country. The series of shows was then postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it was revealed in February that the gigs would finally take place between June and September. “It’s on! We don’t think we’ve ever been more excited to start a tour than this one. We can’t wait to finally see all the fans across North America again. Get ready for a wild ride this summer! Motley Crüe said in a statement via Pitchfork.

Clearly thrilled to be back on the road, Michaels has kept fans up to date with her tour shenanigans on social media, including sharing a snap from an empty stadium on Instagram on June 29. “The #StadiumTour keeps rocking and the fans are awesome,” he captioned the upload. But sadly, shortly thereafter, the stadium tour temporarily stopped rocking for Michaels after he was hospitalized just before he was due to perform a show.

Bret Michaels was hospitalized just before a show

Bret Michaels was hospitalized in Nashville on June 30th just before he was due to take the stage with Poison. The band still reportedly performed in front of audiences without him — but not to perform. Instead, TMZ reported that they let the audience know that Michaels was hospitalized after a poor reaction to medications, which sources claimed could be related to COVID-19 and Michael’s diabetes.

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The rock star took to his Instagram to issue a statement about his absence, writing, “I was really excited to get on stage and perform in music city, but due to an unforeseen medical complication and the hospitalization that followed, it wasn’t possible. He apologized for missing the show, but added, “I’m working on being 100% back very soon.”

Although Michaels did not confirm that his medical emergency was linked to COVID-19, if TMZ’s report is accurate, it would not be his first exposure to the virus. In July 2020, he confirmed in an emotional Facebook post that his uncle Denny Mazzanti had died from the virus while sharing a photo of himself with his future father and Mazzanti. Earlier in March 2020, he confirmed in another Facebook upload that he had been told by his doctor and diabetes specialist to be extra cautious amid the pandemic as he is at high risk of contracting coronavirus as he is more insulin dependent Type 1 diabetic is .