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OTRC: Bret Michaels released from hospital after heart surgery

Bret Michaels appears in this Jan. 23, 2011 photo posted on his Facebook page. (facebook.com/BretMichaels)

Bret Michaels has been released from an Arizona hospital after undergoing surgery to close a hole in his heart earlier this week and is resting at home.

Doctors had found the hole in the 47-year-old Poison rocker's heart in April after treating him for a warning stroke and brain hemorrhage. On Monday, they inserted a device that will remain in Michaels' heart permanently to stop abnormal blood flow between two chambers of his heart, which is thought to have caused the stoke.

A spokesperson for St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix on Wednesday confirmed to press outlets that Michaels was released from the facility.

"Bret's procedure had excellent results," cardiologist Mansour Assar said in a statement. "Because of the successful out come and Bret's determination, I believe he will be able to return to normal activity within weeks.

"Bret is recuperating at home with his family," People magazine quoted a source close to the singer as saying. "He is looking forward to enjoying time with Kristi and his daughters as well as getting back on the road."

In December, an episode of this VH1 reality show "Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It" showed that he and longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson, the mother of his two daughters, have gotten engaged.

Despite his ailments, the rocker has been keeping busy during the past few months. He toured the United States and Canada with his side band and released his fourth solo album.

In the spring, Michaels plans to release his autobiography, "Roses & Thorns: The Reality of My Rock & Roll Fantasy," and launch a book tour.

Poison was most popular in the 1980s with hits such as "Nothing But a Good Time" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Michaels gained a whole new generation of fans with his VH1 dating reality series "Rock of Love." He also won Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2010.

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