Argentine singer Cerati "suffers stroke" in Caracas

A man walks past the Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad hospital, where Argentinian singer Gustavo Cerati is staying, in Caracas May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

CARACAS (Reuters) - Popular Argentine singer and former Soda Stereo bandleader Gustavo Cerati suffered a suspected stroke in the Venezuelan capital Caracas after giving a concert on Saturday, local media reported on Monday.

The 50-year-old artist was admitted to a hospital after experiencing an “ischemic vascular event,” the newspaper El Universal quoted neurologist Vladimir Fuenmayor as saying, adding that Cerati’s condition was stable.

The pop singer will remain under observation for between 32 and 48 hours and will undergo more tests, the newspaper said.

Cerati's official website,, said he had suffered from dizziness after performing in Caracas because of stress and exhaustion, but was recovering well.

Reporting by Enrique Andres Pretel; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Sandra Maler