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Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati in intensive care after suffering a stroke

Gustavo Cerati When I interviewed Argentine rock idol Gustavo Cerati this spring, prior to a rare L.A. appearance, he sounded energized and upbeat to be touring and promoting his latest disc, "Fuerza Natural."

Now, the former Soda Stereo frontman lies in intensive care in a Caracas hospital after suffering a stroke at the end of a Saturday concert in Venezuela.

According to news reports, Cerati, 50, underwent brain surgery for a potentially lethal blood clot. His doctors say the next 72 hours will determine the singer-guitarist's prognosis for recovery.

"We must have faith," said drummer Charly Alberti of Soda Stereo, one of the most popular and influential Latin American rock bands of the last 25 years. "My head has been boiling since I found out on Sunday."

Cerati is, like his album's title, a force of nature whenever he picks up a guitar. He's also an enduring symbol for a generation of South Americans who first tasted cultural freedom when they were in their teens or 20s, and several of the continent's remaining dictatorships were finally withering away. 

So let's pray he can pull through.

-- Reed Johnson

Photo: Clarin (Buenos Aires)


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Fuerza Cerati! Sos un idolo y un genio del rock nacional y la musica en general! El recital en LA fue buenisimo!

I really hope he gets better!!!!

@cerati everybody keep the faith in your recovery Gustavo! dont give up!

STRENGHT - all our prays from Colombia with you cerati!!

May The True and Living God bless you, Gustavo

¡Fuerza Cerati! ¡Tus fans están contigo!

Horrendous news. Still so young and full of life. He was one of the best songwriters alive anywhere in the world.

I hope for a miraculous recovery.

Estamos contigo Gustavo! saldras de esto con toda la buena vibra que te mandamos la gente que te queremos y que deseamos seguir disfrutando de tu genialidad. Tu musica me ha acompanado desde mi adolecencia y me gustaria que me acompanara lo que me quede de vida. Estamos al pendiente.

Simplemente un genio del género....de gran aportación, esperando vuelva a los escenarios.

Un abrazo.....del mundo a Cerati.


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