Gustavo Cerati, Argentine rocker and one of Latin America’s most prominent musicians, has passed away after suffering a respiratory arrest in a Buenos Aires hospital. He was 55 years old and had been in a coma for the last four years following a major stroke in May 2010.
A longtime fan of The Beatles and David Bowie, Cerati became the frontman of Argentine rock band, Soda Stereo. During the height of the group’s career in the ’80s and ’90s, they were widely beloved within the Spanish community and beyond.
Together, Soda Stereo released seven albums and often cited The Police and Television as early influences. Their 1990 album, Cancion Animal, is considered the band’s best, as well as one of the best rock records to come out of South America.
Although Soda Stereo broke up in 1997, Cerati forged on with a solo career. His 2006 album, Ahí Vamos, earned him Latin Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song. In 2010, he received another Best Rock Album award for his LP, Fuerza natural.
Below, watch Soda Stereo perform their hit single “De Música Ligera”: