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This is the Latino Rock Star from Latin America’s Google Doodle

Did you see today’s Google Doodle?

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If you’re using Google in Latin America, there’s a curly-haired guy strumming a guitar. The phrase “¡gracias totales!” also pops up. Wondering what the deal is?

It’s none other than Argentine rock legend Gustavo Cerati.

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He was the frontman for the influential rock group Soda Stereo.

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Soda Stereo was one of the biggest rock bands in Latin America throughout the ’80s and ’90s. After breaking up in the late ’90s, the band reunited in 2007 for the Me Verás Volver tour.

Cerati died last year after spending four years in a coma.

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He was 55. The coma was brought on by a stroke he suffered in 2010.  A new book titled Cerati: La Biografía, recounts Cerati’s career and final days before his death.

This how fans in Argentina reacted on the day of his funeral.

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Yep. He was a big deal.

Cerati also had an accomplished solo career.

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After the break-up of Soda Stereo, Cerati could have called it a career and retired as a superstar. But he continued on as a solo artist, releasing six solo albums, included the critically-acclaimed Bocanada.

Today, August 11, would have been Cerati’s 56th birthday.

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So Google is celebrating his birthday with their doodle. And the doodle says “¡gracias totales! because…

“Gracias totales” were Cerati’s last words during Soda Stereo’s farewell concert in 1997.

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