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Bret Michaels released from hospital; Corey Haim died of natural causes

Two bizarre pieces of '80s medical news, released within hours of each other on Tuesday:

BRET'S GONNA BE FINE: Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been released from a Phoenix hospital and is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month, his doctor said during a press conference Tuesday.

Dr. Joseph Zabramski of the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, said he recommended that Michaels wait at least four to six weeks before resuming normal activity. He declined to say when Michaels could resume touring. Doctors will examine Michaels every two weeks until he's recovered.

Zabramski said Michaels is fully conscious and aware and talking fine, but he has back spasms and headaches when he tries to walk. He could continue getting back pain and headaches, but Zabramski doesn't expect any other long-term effects. He wouldn't say when Michaels was released or whether he was sent home or to a rehabilitation facility.

COREY HAIM DIED OF ... NATURAL CAUSES? Yep, despite a long history of drug abuse, an autopsy report says drugs played no part in his death earlier this year.

Haim, 38, died of natural causes from "community-acquired pneumonia" that damaged his lungs, the L.A. coroner said. Low levels of eight drugs were found in his system along with marijuana, coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said. "But nothing was at a level that would have contributed to his death," Harvey said.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:43am]


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