Gustavo Cerati, Argentina’s Greatest Rock Star, Is Dead

Soda Stereo’s legendary lead singer and guitarist suffered a stroke in May 2010 and had been in a coma ever since. He leaves behind some of the best Spanish-language rock music of all time.

1. Gustavo Cerati, the Argentinian songwriter who gave generations of Latin Americans rock anthems in their own language, died on Thursday in Buenos Aires after a prolonged illness.

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Gustavo Cerati performing in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 15, 2010, during his last show before going into a coma.

2. The rock star’s family announced his death with a post on the singer’s official Facebook page.

“Today we are sorry to share with you the following news: This morning, Gustavo Cerati stopped breathing and passed away.”

3. Cerati was most famous for his work with Soda Stereo, one of the first Spanish-language rock bands to achieve massive international success.

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Soda Stereo circa 1984.

4. Active from 1982 to 1997, the band began by imitating English-language outfits such as The Cure, but eventually developed a distinctive voice that incorporated elements of traditional Latin American music.

1985’s Cuando pase el temblor (“When the earthquake is over”) used synthesizers and electric guitars, but didn’t shy away from the pan flutes common in Andean music.

5. From Argentina to Mexico, we’ll miss you, Cerati!

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