2010-06-29

Gustavo Cerati’s fans praying for singer’s survival

Argentine rock legend Gustavo Cerati is in a coma at a Buenos Aires medical center after suffering a stroke on May 16 in Caracas, Venezuela. (Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentine rock legend Gustavo Cerati is in a coma at a Buenos Aires medical center after suffering a stroke on May 16 in Caracas, Venezuela. (Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images)

By Ezequiel Vinacour for Infosurhoy.com – 29/06/2010

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentine singer Gustavo Cerati doesn’t know it, but he has millions of fans worldwide praying for his recovery.

“I am hoping for a miracle and that he gets well,” said Martín Jalile, 33, who works at the Brasil-Viajar tourism agency in the nation’s capital. “At least partially, because nobody fully recovers from a [stroke]. But I know that my wish is far from reality since, based on what newspapers say, the prognosis is very complicated.”

Cerati, the 50-year-old former singer of the iconic Argentine rock band Soda Stereo, has been in a coma since suffering a stroke on May 16 in Caracas, Venezuela. But he moved his head and his lips after hearing his songs, according to local media reports, citing Argentine musician Leo García, Cerati’s protégé.

García’s statement was made after 300 Cerati’s fans recently gathered at Buenos Aires’ planetarium, where Soda Stereo shot their iconic video for their song “Zoom,” to show support for the star whose music transcends generations.

Fans chose the planetarium, instead of gathering outside the Buenos Aires Fleni clinic where Cerati is hospitalized, because they didn’t want to interfere with his care, according to the Argentine daily Clarín.

Fans held signs and Cerati memorabilia as they expressed their get-well wishes and displayed a banner that had been autographed by 10,000 fans nationwide as Soda Stereo music filled the air, according to the Argentine daily La Nación.

When fans heard Cerati suffered a stroke, they flooded social networking sites to get the latest update on his condition and wish him a speedy recovery.

On Facebook, the group “¡Fuerza Cerati! Te veremos volver” (Stay Strong Cerati! We will see you come back) has more than 49,000 fans. The group “Por la recuperación de Gustavo Cerati” (For Gustavo Cerati’s recovery), on the same networking site, has more than 3,500 fans.

Fellow musicians and Cerati’s friends also are using social networking sites, specifically Twitter, to express their support.

“The only thing I do is to pray for things to turn out well. It is incredible what is happening. Come on, Gus!” tweeted Soda Stereo drummer Charly Alberti.

Argentine singer Diego Torres also used Twitter to send his get-well message.

“I found out [what happened to] Gustavo Cerati today and I hope that he gets better and gets well as soon as possible. Stay strong, Gustavo!!!” Torres tweeted.

Andrés Calamaro, an Argentine singer and former member of legendary bands Los Abuelos de la Nada and Los Rodríguez, said he’s praying for Cerati.

“He is a great friend, he’s a king. We are all hoping for him to sing again. While there is life, there is hope,” he told Clarín.

Cerati, bassist Zeta Bosio and Alberti created Soda Stereo in 1982. The group, which has sold more than 10 million albums, played its final show before taking a 10-year break in front of 75,000 at Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires on Sept. 20, 1997.

“All of this took me by surprise and really brought me down,” said Ignacio Ortelli, a 33-year old executive for Hewlett-Packard in Argentina. “At first, I thought that it would be something minor, but the news later began to confirm a diagnosis that was more serious. It is strange, you don’t know him [personally] and you feel a little silly getting sad, but that guy has been part of my life for [the last] 20 years.”

Several fans were upset with the media’s initial coverage of the story.

“It seemed really awful the way it was publicized and how the press used statements from his former wife at first,” said Camilo Carball, a 23-year-old college student and an employee at the Alco-Canale food company. “From what I understand, I think his recovery is going to be very difficult.”

Isabel Nanzi, a spokeswoman for the Fleni clinic, said Cerati’s health condition is “stable.” Through Cerati’s website, his family denied rumors of his death, saying he’s receiving “spiritual help.”

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26 Comments

  • jaime | 2010-12-10

    Gustavo Cerati, may merciful God intercede for you and may the Holy Spirit surround you and wake you from that dream you are in, and may you recover soon, your family and millions of fans need you, a hug from a distance and the love of many people here in Chile who admire you, with lots of admiration and love, Jaime Hualpen, Octava Región, CHILE

  • Argentina | 2010-10-18

    GENiUS!!! WE NEED YOU!!!

  • Rodolfo | 2010-07-19

    Gustavo, you will get up!!! Because you are great and thanks to you the music of Latin rock was defined, the gods await you, but later, now you have to fight and recover, thank you for your music and thank you for making us tremble with it, we're still waiting for you here to continue enjoying you.

  • ana | 2010-07-18

    Strength Cerati, we all want to see you come back! The sun will come out soon...Go IDOL, from Paraguay...

  • javier | 2010-07-17

    STRENGTH OLD MAN....!!!!!

  • Dan_py | 2010-07-16

    EVERYTHING MOVED AND IT IS BETTER TO STAY STILL THE SUN WILL COME OUT SOON AND WE WILL RESTORE SOME OF THE DAMAGE AS STUBBORN AS I AM! but I still have so much in my heart to say I AM NOT LEAVING! I AM STAYING HERE! strength old man you are an idol! God will help you!!!!! Strength brother! I still want more songs for my life! Natural Strength!! You yourself have it!!!!!!

  • georgina | 2010-07-15

    this to will pass it is just a test more strength crazy guy you are the sun for all of us we will wait for you forever dear friend

  • Alfonso | 2010-07-15

    I was at 3 of your concerts in Lima, 2 with Soda and one as a soloist, you are the best, I know you are going to wake up, Strength Gustavo!!!!

  • gonzalo | 2010-07-14

    Strength Gustavo!!!!! We need you and hope "to see you return"

  • majo | 2010-07-13

    Gustavo good vibes and all the positive energy for you, you will return, kisses. We love you....

  • maga | 2010-07-13

    Strength Gustavo may God and Buddha enlighten your life and may you return...this is how it will be, we will see you again in Venezuela. You are the best...

  • Daniela | 2010-07-12

    Every time I listen to SODA I feel an incredible strength and it is because you Gus are present, I LIVE in each one of your lyrics and melodies, that is how we all love you with the same energy and good vibe that you give off...TOTAL STRENGTH GUS!!!! GO! WE LOVE YOU SUPER IDOL!!!! Lambayeque- PERU.

  • terecita florentin | 2010-07-10

    MAY THE DIVINE CHILD JESUS GIVE GUSTAVO HIS HEALTH BACK. MY HUSBAND SUFFERED FROM THE SAME THING AND THREE YEARS HAVE GONE BY AND HE GETS BETTER AND BETTER. STRENGTH FROM PARAGUAY!!!

  • gustavo | 2010-07-09

    Gustavo I want to thank you for all those good years I had thanks to your music and to wish you a speedy recovery ... GUS STRENGTH BECAUSE YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!

  • Gabriel Bozolasco | 2010-07-04

    Let's go Gustavo, You are part of our lives, I've been listening to you since 85 from Uruguay and then from Canada. I formed a rock band in Spanish in 92 and most of our repertoire was from Soda Stereo. Get well soon, and let's have a beer together, Gabriel.

  • Tere | 2010-07-02

    Gustavo: Courage, I practically grew up with your music, you are a Latino rock legend, I know you have strength and your music has influenced a lot of your fans, you are an example for everyone and your spirit will always be with us. From Chile your admirers send you regards, I was lucky to go to your last Soda Stereo concert, and the music is really fantastic, every time I hear it I get choked up from such inspiration. Gustavo I know you are going to get better and you'll go on as will your music, from Chile we pray for you. You are a musical idol, we love and admire you a lot. Strength and courage Gustavo, come on, it can be done!!!!

  • Bárbara | 2010-07-01

    Dear Gus, you are in the thoughts of millions of fans...we send you our best wishes and hope that God brings you all the love that you have generated in people, over so many years that you have delighted us and have given us such good music. If this is the end...you will live in each one of us...you will always be alive. Dear you are a maestro...you are part of my life...you have put the soundtrack to my whole life...strength to you and to your family...

  • Yadira Cristina Berenice Sanchez Martinez | 2010-06-30

    GUSTAVO EVER SINCE I HEARD ABOUT YOUR SITUATION I HAVEN'T STOPPED BLESSING YOU, WISHING WITH MY WHOLE HEART, THAT YOU WAKE UP WELL FROM SUCH A LONG SLEEP, I STILL WANT YOU HERE ON THIS LIFE'S PLANE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LOT TO OFFER US. SATNAM CERATI.

  • Roxanne | 2010-06-30

    Gus you are pure natural strength and you have always shown it let the world turn and let them talk when you are back with us they will be silenced forever you are strong and you are our light we your fans won't let you fall to be able to keep listening to your majestic songs and the divine image that God gave you.

  • Claus | 2010-06-30

    EVERYTHING MOVED AND IT'S BEST TO STAY CALM THE SUN WILL COME OUT SOON AND WE WILL RECOVER SOME OF THE DAMAGES STUBBORN AS I AM I'M STAYING HERE! STRENGTH MAESTRO !

  • CLAUS | 2010-06-30

    YOUR BEAUTIFUL MEXICO IS WAITING FOR YOU ! STRENGTH MAESTRO

  • dbs | 2010-06-30

    I think Gustavo Cerati knows his fans are praying for him. There hundreds of fans around the world praying and sending the best vibes for Gustavo to wake up; that energy is in the air and Gustavo can feel it. His family is also talking to him, letting him know what he fans are doing for him. We keep praying for you Gustavo; the sun will come out very soon; \"pronto saldra el sol\" FUERZA MAESTRO!

  • yoplimero | 2010-06-29

    Chin up Gustavo, we send you the best vibes from Mexico!

  • Claudio Ch, | 2010-06-29

    Hold on Gustavo Cerati I am a loyal fan of your career and of the Great Band that Soda Stereo is and who isn't God Keep you and may you return to being the person you were before Go! Cerati.

  • guillermo osorio | 2010-06-29

    Strength Gustavo, from Lima, Peru

  • IDALINA | 2010-06-29

    GUSTAVO CERATI YOU ARE MY IDOL I HOPE YOU GET BETTER SOON AND TO HIS FAMILY LOTS OF STRENGTH AND COURAGE I KNOW IT ISN'T EASY..