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Video: EMS providers treat, transport Carlos Santana after he collapses onstage

The 74-year-old musician experienced dehydration and heat exhaustion, according to his manager


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Nardine Saad
Los Angeles Times

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Heat and dehydration led to the onstage collapse of legendary musician Carlos Santana during an outdoor concert in Michigan on Tuesday.

The 74-year-old rocker was “over-taken by heat exhaustion and dehydration” during a concert at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit, his manager, Michael Vrionis, said in a statement posted on the “Supernatural” artist’s website.

The musician had reportedly been a handful of songs into his set when he sat down in front of a drum kit and collapsed backward during a performance of “Joy,” TMZ said.

Photos and video posted on social media showed Santana being treated onstage by medics at the amphitheater, then waving to the audience when he was wheeled away.

The famed guitarist was transported to the emergency department at the McLaren Clarkston hospital for observation and is doing well, Vrionis said.

The 10-time Grammy winner took to Facebook late Tuesday to thank fans for their “precious prayers” and to let them know that he and his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, “are good just taking it easy.”

“forgot to eat and drink water / so i dehydrated and passed out / blessings and miracles to you all,” the “Smooth” musician wrote in verse.

Santana was performing during his Miraculous Supernatural 2022 Tour with Grammy Hall of Famers Earth, Wind and Fire. The tour kicked off in Chula Vista, California, on June 17 and is set to wrap up in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 27.

Wednesday’s show, which was set for the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, has been postponed due to Santana’s condition. Concert promoter Live Nation will be handling ticket refunds and changes when the new date is announced.


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