The guitar icon was reportedly dehydrated and experiencing heat exhaustion

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana [Maryanne Bilham/Santana]


Carlos Santana collapsed onstage during his performance on July 5 at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI. The guitar icon, who turns 75 on July 20, was “over-taken with heat exhaustion and dehydration,” during the concert per his manager, Michael Vrionis. Santana was taken to the emergency room at a nearby medical facility for observation and is “doing well,” according to Vrionis.

Santana himself later posted on social media, saying, “Thank you for your precious prayers. Cindy [Carlos’ wife] and I, we are good, just taking it easy. Forgot to eat and drink water. So I dehydrated and passed out. Blessings and miracles to you all.”

Santana’s July 6 show at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 4. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new date. Earth, Wind & Fire will not be performing at the rescheduled show.

In December, Santana canceled a month of performances during his Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to recover from what was described as “an unscheduled heart procedure.” Vrionis said he was “doing fantastic” at the time.

Santana also announced in February that he was “doing well” after testing positive for COVID-19.