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Mike Posner getting back on feet after rattlesnake bite

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Mike Posner is up and walking again -- to a degree -- after being bitten by a baby rattlesnake between Kansas and Colorado.

The Southfield-raised pop singer and songwriter, a graduate of Birmingham Groves High School, was bitten Thursday, Aug. 8, and airlifted for treatment. Posner posted social media messages throughout, including one on Saturday, Aug. 10, from his first physical therapy session, using a walker to help him get back on his feet.

"From 24 miles per day to using this walker to get to bathroom," Posner wrote. "I'm on my way back. Gonna rebuild with patience and equanimity."

Posner -- who released a new single, "Prince Akeem," with rapper Wiz Khalifa on April 6 -- also posted messages thanking doctors, nurses and "my whole family in ICU," as well as the physical therapists. He also posted videos of being treated in the Intensive Care Unit and laying in his hospital bed.

"I knew walking across America was going to be dangerous," Posner wrote in one message. "I knew I could die doing it. I still might. So don't feel sorry for me. I'm proud I'm in this hospital after chasing my dream and not sitting on the couch watching Netflix. I'm proud of this pain. If you understand this message, do not leave me sympathy comments, just write KEEP GOING."

Posner began the 2,942-mile walk from New Jersey to California on April 15 and has been documenting it via social media. His home town stop on May 29 included a solo acoustic performance at the City Theatre inside Detroit's Hockeytown cafe.

It's not yet known when Posner will resume the walk. A representative said that he "needs to recover for a few weeks."

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