Argentine rockero Gustavo Cerati is slowly improving after undergoing surgery to remove a potentially fatal blood clot from his brain last week in Caracas, Venezuela. The 50-year-old musician suffered a mini-stroke on May 16 following a concert in the Venezuelan capital. He is currently in an induced coma and will remain under observation in La Trinidad medical center for at least 10 days before he can be moved to his native Buenos Aires.
And although the magnitude of the damage is still to be determined, physicians have said that his speech may have been affected, which would be a serious blow to the legendary singer—and his many fans.
Cerati’s singular voice is synonymous with the rock en español movement. In his storied career, he has recorded five solo albums and collaborated with everyone from Shakira to Bajofondo but is best known as the former frontman and songwriter of seminal rock band Soda Stereo. The Argentine trio formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1997, and during those 15 years gave us unforgettable songs like “Persiana Americana,” “En la Ciudad de la Furia” and “De Música Ligera.”
Earlier this month, the artist told the Miami Herald that he still felt as energetic as when he first started in the music business. "I can still go like a kid,” he said. “On the other hand, I’m 50. There are things that I have to be more careful about."
Hopefully Cerati will make a speedy recovery. Fellow musicians have expressed their support for the singer: “Let’s pray for Gustavo Cerati,” wrote Chilean artist Beto Cuevas on Twitter. “I love him very much; I honestly hope that everything turns out well,” said fellow Argentine rock star Charly García in an interview. And Mexican songbird Julieta Venegas dedicated the song “Revolución” from her latest album, Otra Cosa, to him during a concert in Monterrey this past Saturday.
Here’s a little “Music Ligera” from Soda Stereo’s reunion concert in 2007: