Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana collapsed onstage during a last night’s concert. (July 5).
He was overcome by the heat about 40 minutes into his concert at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan and suddenly stopped and fell to the stage. The lights then dimmed as the 74-year-old musician was attended to by medical staff.
After several minutes, a crew member came on stage and addressed the audience: “Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see, we have a severe medical emergency. Let’s share our prayers… We need it right now… Please send your light and love to this man.”
Variety reports that Santana was seen waving to fans as he was taken offstage.
A representative for Santana later released the following statement regarding his condition: “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.”
Santana shared an update via his official Facebook page some time later, writing: “Thank you for your precious prayers. Just taking it easy. Forgot to eat and drink water so I dehydrated and passed out. Blessings and miracles to you all.”
Santana‘s tonight’s (July 6) show at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania will be postponed to a later date.