After having spent four years in coma, Gustavo Cerati passed away on September 4th. The death, confirmed by Cerati´s doctor, is a sad moment for fans of the popular Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo. From 1982 until the band´s break up in 1997, Cerati provided lead vocals and guitar to the influential band.
Many regard Soda Stereo as one of the main music groups that helped popularize Latin Rock on an international level. Over the course of their career, Soda Stereo sold over 17 milllion albums in Latin America alone. In 2002 they were awarded the Legend Prize by MTV Latin America.
Cerati had released a few solo albums that were well received by loyal fans and critics alike, but never experienced the same commercial success as previous Soda Stereo material. In May 2010, Cerati suffered from brain damage casued by an earlier stroke. He remained in a coma until his death. Cerati was 55 years old.