Bret Michaels Wins 'Celebrity Apprentice' Despite Illness

Poison singer scheduled to return to the road this week

May 24, 2010 9:02 AM ET

After suffering a brain hemorrhage last month and a warning stroke last week, Bret Michaels overcame his health woes to win Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice last night. In the season finale, Michaels defeated actress Holly Robinson Peete in the final challenge, where both contestants had to make a Snapple commercial. "I’m a problem solver, a rock & roll MacGyver," Michaels said of his ability to overcome the odds. The winner of Celebrity Apprentice receives a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice, which in Bret's case is the American Diabetes Association. (Michaels has had Type 1 diabetes since he was a child.) On last night's episode, Michaels still displayed a slight limp when he walked — one of the effects of his brain hemorrhage last month — although the rocker is still undergoing rehab. "Lately it seems like me just standing up is risking my life," Michaels joked on the show.

Look back at Michaels’ craziest days with Poison.

Despite his health setbacks, Michaels has lined up a busy schedule for the coming months. He’ll be hitting the talk show circuit this week, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 25th. On Friday, Michaels is scheduled to return to touring and while the release of his new album Custom Built has been delayed to allow him to recover, Michaels is slated to release the record on July 6. Later this fall, Michaels will return to television when his new VH1 reality show Life As I Know It premieres; the show will preview on May 31.

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