Carlos Santana collapses on stage in the middle of the concert: “Pray for him”

On Tuesday night, legendary musician Carlos Santana collapsed on stage during a concert in Michigan.

The 74-year-old was about 20 minutes into his set at the Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkson, an outdoor venue on the outskirts of Detroit, when he passed out and prompted medical staff to sprint onto the stage to cover him with a tarp and roll it off.

“Medical staff on stage. The crowd asked to pray for him because of a ‘serious medical’ problem.” reported Roop Raj from local Fox 2 Detroit.

In a statement, a Santana representative said he was “overwhelmed with heat exhaustion and dehydration” during the show and was “taken to the McLaren Clarkson emergency room for observation and is doing well.” Video captured by a fan showed Santana waving to the crowd as he was wheeled away.

Early February, Santana announced that he and members of his band had contracted COVID-19, prompting them to cancel a number of tour dates. And late last year, the 10-time Grammy winner and groundbreaking Mexican maestro canceled a number of dates at his Las Vegas residence due to his recovery from heart surgery.

“I just wanted to give you some clarity on what’s going on with my physicality,” Santana said in an online video. “Rumors circulate here and there about this and that. So, I’m here just to crystallize and make it clear. I had an incident last Saturday where I asked my wife Cindy to take me to the hospital due to this thing happening in my chest.”

Influenced by guitarists BB King and Jimi Hendrix, and bandleader Tito Puente, Santana is known for fusing rock ‘n’ roll, blues and Latin jazz. He began performing with his band Santana in the 1960s, which broke through in Woodstock with a spirited rendition of the group’s song “Soul Sacrifice,” featured in the famous 1970 documentary wood storage. Santana’s second album from 1970, Abraxaswith the singles “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Cómo Va”, reached number 1 on the US album charts and is considered one of the greatest LPs of all time.

After a relatively quiet period, Santana returned to the top of the charts with his 1999 album supernatural. The collaboration, including guest appearances on the mic by Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, and Rob Thomas (who sang on “Smooth,” which went to #1 on the charts billboard charting for 12 consecutive weeks), sold 30 million copies and won nine Grammys, including album of the year. The year before, he and his band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Carlos Santana collapses on stage in the middle of the concert: “Pray for him”


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