Rocker BRET MICHAELS has sent his condolences to the family of Crashscene star Jacen Ekstrom, who died on Friday (07Nov14).

The singer and guitarist was admitted to hospital in Calgary, Canada on 28 October (14) with a torn artery and underwent a 12-hour operation.

He was given just a 10 per cent chance of survival and passed away on 7 November (14).

Ekstrom served as guitarist for Canadian star Bif Naked and she broke the news of his loss to fans on Saturday (08Nov14).

In a post online, she wrote, "It is with overwhelming sorrow that I share the sad news, as we have lost our beloved J.D. Ekstrom, just yesterday in Calgary Hospital. We give our hearts, our sincerity, our love, and condolences to his wife and partner, Jennifer, and his family, Jaelyn, James, and all of his wonderful friends...

"He was a big brother to me, and he looked out for me and protected me, accompanied me, and made me a better performer. The privilege of sharing the stage with J.D. Ekstrom inspired me and uplifted me every show."

One of his CrashScene bandmates also took to their page to express his shock, posting, "Well, I'm completely speechless. The greatest singer I have ever worked with and even more one of my best friends and musical mentors I have had the pleasure to be graced with. We will miss you Jacen. I love you man! Till we meet on the other side."

And on Tuesday (11Nov14), Poison frontman Michaels shared his sadness over Ekstrom's death, tweeting, "Condolences to family & friends of @JacenBacen awesome @Crashscenemusic singer & @bifnaked guitarist. A great person, he'll be missed."