People in the News: Bret Michaels in critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage
Bret Michaels, who was born in Butler and grew up in Mechanicsburg, remains in critical condition suffering from a brain hemorrhage.
His publicist Joann Mignano confirmed a report on People.com's magazine's website Friday that said the former Poison frontman was rushed to intensive care late Thursday after a severe headache. The report said doctors discovered bleeding at the base of his brain stem.
The 47-year-old reality TV star had an emergency appendectomy last week after complaining of stomach pains. He said on his website that though the surgery "has taken its toll," doctors expected him to make a full recovery.
Michaels starred on the VH1 dating show "Rock of Love" and is a contestant on Donald Trump's NBC reality show, "The Celebrity Apprentice."
He has served as one of the season's most outspoken celebrities and has so far avoided being fired in the boardroom. At the end of Sunday's episode, an announcer acknowledged his condition and said everyone at NBC "wishes Bret Michaels a speedy recovery."
Trump told TMZ.com Monday Michaels is in "big, big trouble and the prognosis is not great."
However, Trump said Michaels' scrappiness is the best thing he has going for him.
The headache that prompted Michaels to call for an ambulance last week felt "like [getting] hit in the head with a baseball bat over and over again," a source told People.com.
Often referred to by doctors as a "thunderclap headache" because of the intensity and suddenness of the pain, such headaches are a tell-tale symptom of the kind of brain hemorrhage that Michaels suffered.
The source close to the situation adds, "Bret is still in ICU. He still has the headache and is heavily sedated."
A statement on his fan site noted that doctors are still searching for the source of the bleeding.
Kate's eight are free to appear on their mom's upcoming reality show.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry says producers have obtained child-labor permits for Kate Gosselin's twins and sextuplets to appear with their mother on a series of TLC specials, "Kate Plus 8," the Associated Press reports.
Troy Thompson said Monday that the permits are good for six months, then must be renewed.
Pennsylvania regulators concluded last month that permits should have been obtained for Gosselin's old show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8." The series ended last year when Kate split with her husband, Jon.
No legal action was taken, but the producers agreed to submit paperwork for any future taping.
After a month at a treatment facility to deal with "personal issues," Jesse James was spotted back at his Los Angeles-area home Monday. He was not wearing a wedding ring as he took his children to school, People.com reports.
James, 40, checked into the treatment center last month after his marriage to Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock went into a crisis amid reports that he had multiple affairs.
Bullock, 45, had remained out of sight until earlier this month, when she was photographed hiking in Northern California, also not wearing her wedding ring.
While his aesthetic preferences may skew slightly plastic these days, it's nice to know Hugh Hefner still has an appreciation for natural beauty.
The Playboy founder has provided the final donation -- a whopping $900,000 -- to the Trust for Public Land, providing the last push for the group to raise the $12.5 million needed to purchase the 138 acres surrounding the Hollywood sign and prevent it from being developed.
Who better to save a Hollywood icon than a Hollywood icon?
"My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy," says Hef. "As I've said before, the Hollywood sign is Hollywood's Eiffel Tower and I am pleased to help preserve such an important cultural landmark."
Hefner joined fellow deep-pocketed preservationists Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Norman Lear, along with most studios, networks and various other signophiles, in helping Save the Peak.
Despite his record-breaking success in music for 60 years, Quincy Jones says his proudest achievement is his seven children and six grandchildren.
Jones talked about his life and music career during an hour-long on-stage conversation with Ludacris Friday night as part of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' annual "I Create Music" expo at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel.
The 77-year-old composer and producer says it's been "a blessing" to have worked with "every major artist of the 20th century," including Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, but his No. 1 job is "being a good parent."
"The other things, you know, that's a gift from God and I cherish it," he said. "I don't take it for granted."
He called his children and grandchildren "the pride of my life now." Seeing them successful is "my Nobel Prize."
Ludacris asked Jones about everything from music to marriage to money. Jones said that music saved him from a "gangster" lifestyle in his native Chicago. He learned all the brass instruments with the aim of mastering the trumpet.
"As soon as I started playing, I started hearing other instruments in my head," he said.
Then he started traveling as a musician, composer and arranger. Jones told the crowd of more than 2,500 to travel the world and "get a big dream, so if you get halfway there, you're still OK."
He advised aspiring musicians to understand the science of music and to have "humility with your creativity and grace with your success."
"It's really important because it's really not you," Jones said. "You're a terminal for a higher power."
First Published April 27, 2010 12:00 am