Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer has known [artist id="500964"]Bret Michaels[/artist] for nearly a quarter-century, and in that time, he's had more than his fair share of good times with the Poison frontman.
But when Michaels was rushed to the hospital last week after suffering a brain hemorrhage, the memories of those good times took a backseat to genuine concern for his friend's health.
In a statement to MTV News, Blotzer said that he was shocked to learn of Michaels' hospitalization, and hoped that his friend would recover quickly.
"The news of what happened to my friend of 24 years, Bret, came as a shock and with much anxiety," Blotzer said. "Bret is a gentleman and friend to not only his peers and close personal friends, but to all fans and people around the world. Speedy full recovery soon!"
As of Wednesday (April 28), Michaels remained in the intensive care unit at an undisclosed hospital, where he is in stable condition. His father told "Extra" that he had recently spoken to his son and that he sounded "a little slow, but fine." According to a statement posted on his official Web site Michaels has been undergoing a battery of tests while in the ICU, and that, as a result of the stroke, he has been diagnosed with a condition that could lead to severe seizures.
"Test results indicate a setback in Bret Michaels' condition, a side effect from the brain hemorrhage called hyponatremia; a lack of sodium in the body which leads to seizures," the statement reads. "Due to the severity of his condition, Bret Michaels continues to remain hospitalized in an intensive care unit at an undisclosed hospital."
Michaels, 47, was taken to the hospital late Thursday night, after complaining of severe headaches. Doctors eventually discovered that he had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a survivable but serious stroke that causes bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces around the base of the brain.