13 Stars Who Cheated Death

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When Michael Jackson died last summer, it kick-started a year with a disturbing number of celebrity deaths. Which is why we are so extremely overjoyed when a celebrity survives a life-threatening incident. Of course, we are referring to Bret Michaels. Over the past few months, Bret has had a series of extremely close calls. First, in mid-April, he was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Not two weeks later, he had a brain hemorrhage that left him in the ICU for more than a week. “I’m lucky to be alive,” he told People at the time. But as soon as he was on the mend, he had a warning stroke. As doctors examined him to see what was up, they found that he also has a hole in his heart.

But just days later, Bret was feeling better and managed to make it to the live taping of the season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice.” There, he triumphed over Holly Robinson Peete and walked away the show’s victor. Seriously, this guy is unbreakable. He’s scheduled for surgery for the fall to make sure his lover-boy heart keeps on beating.

So what other stars have had near-death experiences? Answer: a lot of them. Read on to find out who.

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