Gustavo Cerati was an Argentine rocker hailed as one of the greats of his era, and of the Ibero-American rock genre. Cerati, who died last year — September 4, 2014 — had suffered a stroke after a concert in Carcas on May 15, 2010, and never recovered from the coma it placed him in. Gustavo would have been 56 today, August 11.
Following his stroke and subsequent surgery in 2010, Cerati had been transferred to Argentina and hospitalized in the FLENI Neurological Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 7, 2010. The following day, it was reported that he had extensive brain damage due to the stroke and was in a coma. It was respiratory distress that finally claimed Cerati’s life last year.
In honor of Cerati, Google created a Google Doodle and featured it on the homepage of several countries — Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and South Korea all can easily access the tribute.
The official Gustavo Cerati Twitter page also took the time to acknowledge the Doodle, as did many fans across the world. The hashtag #CeratiEterno is being used, along with a few others, across the Twitter platform.
Cerati is actually the very first Latin rocker to ever be featured on a Google Doodle. The operation has featured other Latinas, such as the likes of Celia Cruz, but Cerati has earned a special place. The rocker’s popular phrase, “Gracias Totales,” was also included in the Google Doodle.
Cerati: La Biografía(Cerati: The Biography) by Argentine journalist Juan Morris, was also released this week. A recount of the life of Cerati is given, including details of the final hours of his life, when he was truly alive. Latin Times reports that Gustavo Cerati’s legacy included nominations for various Grammy, MTV, and Gardel awards. Soda Stereo, Cerati’s original band, was reunited in 2007 for the “Me Verás Volver” Tour.
Soda Stereo band members Charly Alberti and Zeta Bosio are currently working with Cirque du Soleil on a production inspired by, and paying tribute to, the band, and their late lead singer. The show is set to debut in 2017, and already have a tentative schedule outlined. Billboard.com states that the tour honoring Cerati will launch in Buenos Aires arena, then Montreal’s Cirque and Argentine partners, Pop Art, plan to take the musical and acrobatic spectacular to Latin American cities as well as to Miami, Los Angeles, and hopefully other U.S. cities.
The Happy Birthday tribute that Google has dedicated to the legend that was Gustavo Cerati has been truly appreciated by fans around the world.
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