Carlos Santana Hospitalized After Collapsing Onstage From 'Exhaustion and Dehydration'

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Carlos Santana is recovering after he was hospitalized on Tuesday night. The 74-year-old legendary guitarist passed out on stage during a concert in Clarkston, Michigan.

Santana was performing at the Pine Knob Music Theatre when he collapsed and was quickly attended to. Videos taken by concertgoers showed that he was conscious and waving to fans while wheeled off stage. Donny, an eyewitness at the show, tells ET that Santana "played for no more than five to 10 minutes, if that, then went down."

“Before he began playing, Santana gave a beautiful speech talking about showing love and compassion and seemed completely fine," Donny recalls. "...About five minutes prior to him collapsing, he was playing and you could see his shirt was soaked with sweat. It was over 90 degrees that day, and extremely humid at the venue. And being over 90 degrees and having all the lights he had on him while on stage, it had to have been over 100 degrees up there. The paramedics were working with him for at least 30 minutes before they finally got him up."

Michael Jensen, Santana's publicist, confirmed to ET Tuesday evening that the acclaimed musician "was overtaken by heat exhaustion and dehydration."

Jensen shared that the artist "was taken to the emergency department at McLaren Clarkston for observation and is doing well."

Santana's manager, Michael Vrionis, announced via Jensen's statement that Santana's planned show for Wednesday at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, will be postponed to a later date.

According to reports, as well as videos posted to social media, Santana was about 20 minutes into his performance when he sat down on a drum riser, then fell backward as medical personnel rushed to his aide.

The musician is currently on his summer-long Miraculous Supernatural 2022 Tour, alongside Earth, Wind & Fire. The tour launched on June 17 and is scheduled to go through August.


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