Gustavo Cerati, one of South America’s popular rock artists, has died, four years after falling into a coma.
Gustavo Cerati, 55, suffered a stroke at the end of a concert in May 2010 in Venezuela and never recovered.
The Argentine musician was the lead singer of the Soda Stereo band, which achieve huge success across the Spanish-speaking world in the 1980s.
Gustavo Cerati later pursued a successful solo career and worked with younger artists, including Colombian star Shakira.
In her Twitter account, Shakira paid a tribute to the late artist: “Gustavo, our most important song is yet to be written. I love you, my friend. And I know you love me.”
Gustavo Cerati died from a respiratory arrest on September 4 at a Buenos Aires clinic.
Gustavo Cerati suffered a stroke at the end of a concert in May 2010 in Venezuela and never recovered (photo Getty Images)
Soda, as the band was better known, was formed in 1982 by Gustavo Cerati – guitarist and vocalist – bass player Hector “Zeta” Bosio and drummer Charly Alberti.
It was a period that coincided with a deep economic crisis in South America with the beginning of the end of the military regimes that had thrived in the previous decade.
Argentina had just lost the Falklands War, which precipitated the end of the dictatorship.
The band’s biggest hits – Cuando Pase el Temblor, Musica Ligera and La Ciudad de la Furia – became anthems for a whole generation in Latin America and Spain in the 1980s and 1990s.
Soda split up in 1997 but reunited briefly in 2007 for a farewell tour.
In a 2006 interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, Gustavo Cerati talked about cocaine binges in his days with the band.
Gustavo Cerati also said that he had stopped smoking after a health scare.
“After you reach 40, these situations force you to change your way of life,” he said.
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California Senator William Monning wants to make his state the first in the nation to require warning labels on soda and other sugary drinks.
Democratic Sen. William Monning’s bill proposed Thursday would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces.
The label would read: “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”
California new bill would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces
The new bill is backed by several public health advocacy groups.
The first proposal of its kind would put California, which banned sodas and junk food from public schools in 2005, back in the vanguard of a growing national movement to curb the consumption of high-caloric beverages that medical experts say are largely to blame for an epidemic of childhood obesity.
A growing body of research has identified sugary drinks as the biggest contributors to added, empty calories in the American diet, and as a major culprit in a range of costly health problems associated with being overweight.
More than a third of all US adults and nearly 17% of children between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
State Senator Bill Monning, who sponsored the warning label bill and whose effort to push a state tax on sugary drinks died last year, said the new measure was crafted in such a way as to address criticism leveled at other measures.
CalBev, the California arm of the American Beverage Association said in a statement that it is misleading to suggest that soft drink consumption is uniquely responsible for weight gain.
“Only 4.0 percent of calories in the average American diet are derived directly from soda,” they said.
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