Last Updated on July 6, 2022
Guitar icon Carlson Santana collapsed onstage during a Michigan performance Tuesday night.
Between songs, Santana collapsed on stage and medical professionals were forced to rush the guitarist to a hospital.
The 74-year-old posted an update on his condition on Facebook just after midnight on Tuesday. “Just taking it easy. Forgot to eat and drink water so I dehydrated and passed out. Blessings and miracles to you all,” Santana said.
After Santana was taken off stage, an employee from the concert venue announced the show was over due to a “severe medical emergency.”
The rock star was introducing the song “Joy” just before his collapse. Alisa Zee, a spectator, told CNN that Santana seemed conscious and waved to the crowd while being led off stage by medical staff.
“He had just started a song that was about joy and love,” Zee explained. “He called for healing for the world. It was during that song that he collapsed.”
On Wednesday, an official statement was posted to Santana’s website with the title “Carlos Overcome with Heat Exhaustion and Dehydration.”
The statement reads:
Rock Legend Carlos Santana was over-taken by heat exhaustion and dehydration during a concert Tuesday (July 5) evening in Michigan. The guitar great was taken from his show at Pine Knob Music Theatre (formerly DTE Energy Music Theatre), an outdoor amphitheater in Clarkston, some 40 miles northwest of Detroit, Michigan. Carlos was taken to the emergency department at McLaren Clarkston for observation and is doing well, it was announced by Santana’s manager Michael Vrionis tonight. “The show for tomorrow July 6th at The Pavilion at Star Lake (formerly the S&T Bank Music Park) in Burgettstown, PA. will be postponed to a later date. More details to follow thru Live Nation,” Mr. Michael Vrionis added.
Video of the moment Carlos Santana collapsed onstage—very scary to see, hope he’s OK pic.twitter.com/YBztWqo0pO
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