Iconic Guitarist Carlos Santana Collapses at Michigan Concert

Legendary American guitarist Carlos Santana collapsed on stage during a performance taking place close to Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, US media reported that medical personnel had rushed to treat the 74-year-old man after he collapsed during an outdoor concert in Clarkston. Santana was taken to a local hospital’s emergency department, where he was asked to stay for observation.

The legendary Mexican-born musician then took to his Facebook page to reassure his fans know he was okay. He wrote that he had become “dehydrated and passed out” because he had forgotten “to eat and drink water.”

Santana’s manager Michael Vrionis later confirmed the guitarist was fine but added that a show scheduled for Wednesday in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, would be postponed to take place on a later date.

The incident happened at the sold-out show that was a part of the multiple-Grammy-winner and his band Santana’s “Miraculous Supernatural” tour across North America.

Footage shared by fans on social media showed Santana greeting the audience as the medical staff was wheeling him off the stage on a stretcher at the city’s Pine Knob Music Theater. Representatives for the musician said he had suffered “heat exhaustion and dehydration.”

The guitarist and his band gained worldwide popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, being recognized for inventing their Latin jazz and rock ‘n’ roll fusion. The Game of Love, Oye Como Va, and Black Magic Woman are among the group’s best songs.

Thanks to his particular playing style that features long, sustained notes, deft runs, and Latin rhythms, Santana is now considered one of the best guitarists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Also, he came in at number 20 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 all-time greatest guitarists in 2015. The ’80s and ’90s superstar Prince once described Santana as a bigger influence than Jimi Hendrix, arguing: “Santana played prettier.”

Santana and the band had to call off several shows last February after they tested positive for Covid-19. Also, the legendary guitarist canceled some performances in Las Vegas in December last year due to an unspecified heart procedure.