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Carlos Santana collapses onstage after forgetting to eat or drink water

Guitar icon Carlos Santana collapsed onstage during a show in Michigan and was rushed to hospital, later blaming the episode on forgetting to eat or drink water.

74-year-old musician 'doing well' after being rushed to hospital

An older man with a fedora hat slung low over his face plays a golden Les Paul guitar.
Carlos Santana performs at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival in Napa, Calif., on May 26, 2019. Santana, 74, collapsed onstage during a show in Michigan on Tuesday night and was rushed to hospital, later blaming the episode on forgetting to eat or drink water. (Amy Harris/Invision/The Associated Press)

Guitar icon Carlos Santana collapsed onstage during a show in Michigan on Tuesday night and was rushed to a hospital, later blaming the episode on forgetting to eat or drink water.

Santana, 74, was "doing well" on Wednesday after being taken from his show at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, some 64 kilometres northwest of Detroit, to the emergency department at McLaren Clarkston for observation on Tuesday night, manager Michael Vrionis said in a statement. 

"Just taking it easy," the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer posted to Facebook just after midnight. "Forgot to eat and drink water so I dehydrated and passed out. Blessings and miracles to you all."

It was not immediately known when Santana would resume his tour, although Wednesday's show at the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pa., has been postponed. He and his band have been touring with Earth, Wind & Fire.

The tour has 21 dates left through late August before Santana — the artist behind such hits as Oye Como Va and Black Magic Woman — is scheduled to head back to Las Vegas for his residency at the House of Blues.

In December, Santana cancelled a number of performances in Las Vegas after he underwent an unspecified heart procedure. He and members of his band also tested positive for COVID-19 in February, cancelling some dates.

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