On March 14, 2010, Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati suffered from a stroke following a concert in Caracas, Venezuela. Sadly, that was the last time the former Soda Stereo front man would grace the stage and four years later he remains hospitalized unconscious and in a coma.
According to statement from Cerati’s family via his website, doctors overseeing the 54-year-old in Buenos Aires believe that he is “clinically stable…maintaining a health nutritional state and without injuries” due to his bedridden state.” Nevertheless, doctors noted that there have been “no significant improvements” to his condition and he continues to be connected to an “assistive respiratory device.”
Despite the grim prognosis, members of Cerati’s family remain hopeful that he can successfully emerge from his coma and recover.
“He has been bed ridden for four years, but he is doing very well,” said Cerati’s mother, Lillian Clark.
“If Gustavo was suffering, he would be intolerable, but in reality he is like sleeping. We haven’t seen him get worse,” she added.
“There are days when I wish I could slap him so he can wake up and there other days where all I do is cry,” observed Charly Alberti, one of Cerati’s band mates on the legendary Soda Stereo rock group.
“Gustavo is one of the best musicians ever to come from Argentina, and that is fantastic,” Alberti also noted.
Cerati’s fans worldwide also remembered him via social networking where the hashtag #CeratiDespierta (#WakeUpCerati, in English) reportedly became a trending topic on Twitter on Thursday.
Among the numerous gestures of love and affection by Cerati’s family on his birthday last August was a video from Clark. Created by Gustavo Masó, Conexión intrauterina (Intrauterine Connection) was a tribute to Cerati that can be seen below the page break:
Benito Cerati has followed in his father’s footsteps and he is currently the lead singer for rock group Zero Kill.
Video Source – YouTube user Federico Ortega Sanchez
Online Sources – The Huffington Post; ellitoral.com; infobae;com; cerati.com; Latin Times