Fans Mourn After Death Of Argentine Rock Star
One of Latin America's most influential musicians has died four years after a stroke left him in a coma.
Gustavo Cerati was the former lead singer of the rock band Soda Stereo, which was one of the most popular groups in the Spanish-speaking world in the 1980s and 1990s.
The 55-year-old's fans took to the streets of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires after news of his death from respiratory arrest was announced.
Director of the ALCLA hospital Gustavo Barbalace thanked Cerati's mother Lilian for remaining by her son's side since 2010 and never losing faith that he would one day return to life.
"(Gustavo's) mum is an example of a constant struggle," an emotional Mr Barbalace told reporters outside the hospital. "I wish there were more Lilians in this world."
Hundreds of fans lined up to see Cerati's coffin and leave flowers and tributes at his funeral at the legislative building in the capital on Thursday night.
The 55-year-old was born in Buenos Aires and formed his first band before the age of 10.
Many of the melodies recorded during his childhood became the inspiration for songs later played by Soda Stereo.
Cerati met band members Charly Alberti and Hector "Zeta" Bosio during their college years when they began swapping records of artists such as The Police, XTC and Elvis Costello.
They formed Soda, as the band was known to fans, in 1982, just as Argentina was emerging from a long and brutal military dictatorship. Their first album, a fresh sound with heavy influences of new wave and punk, was released in 1984.
Soda Stereo broke up in 1997, but Cerati continued a successful solo career until he suffered a stroke following a 2010 performance in Venezuela.
He won several accolades, including several Latin Grammys and MTV music awards.