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Emergency appendectomy for Bret Michaels, rocker and reality TV star

April 13, 2010 |  9:45 am

Bret-michaels Bret Michaels tried to ignore extreme abdominal pain Sunday, thinking it was the flu and hoping he'd be able to take the stage that night. No such luck -- by 1 a.m. Monday the rocker was undergoing emergency surgery for acute appendicitis, People reports.

Michaels was on the schedule as part of the Bands, Brews and BBQ classic rock series at Sea World San Antonio. Some April tour dates will be rescheduled, his rep said.

The former lead singer for Poison is  still in the running on "Celebrity Apprentice 3" (the show was filmed last year). His reality TV resume also includes starring in "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" and a stint as a judge on "Nashville Star."

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Bret Michaels, please consider this Feb. 1, 2009, picture of you surrounded by scantily clad ladies at the  Playboy Mansion Super Bowl party a sort of get-well card, OK? Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times. 

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