Bret Michaels: Felt Like Being 'Hit With Bat'

Rocker told a friend about his headache before hospital visit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2010 8:29 AM CDT
In this Jan. 10, 2010 photo Singer Bret Michaels arrives at the NBC Universal Winter 2010 press tour party in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – Before calling an ambulance, Bret Michaels suffered a headache that felt like being “hit in the head with a baseball bat over and over again,” he told a friend. Called a “thunderclap headache” by doctors, it is a common symptom of a brain hemorrhage. “He still has the headache and is heavily sedated,” the source tells People. An update on Michaels’ Facebook page from early this morning says he is still in ICU and doctors are still looking for the source of the bleeding.

No matter what happens, "this is going to change Bret," a friend tells PopEater. "You can bet Bret will say goodbye to the rock star lifestyle and focus on what means the most to him—being a great dad." For more of his friends' thoughts, click here.

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