Former DEATH, ICED EARTH, DEICIDE and OBITUARY guitarist Ralph Santolla is in a coma at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida after suffering a heart attack Tuesday night.
Ralph‘s mother, Sue Santolla-Rocha, revealed his condition in a Facebook post earlier today. She wrote: “Friends and family, it is out there now, so let me tell you what I know.
“Ralph thought he had a spider bite on Saturday. Went to the hospital. It was not a spider bite; it was a blood clot. Tuesday night he fell and he had a heart attack. John Rocha gave him CPR until EMT arrived. His heart had stopped but they got him back.
“His visuals are stable but he is in a coma. He is on a ventilator, but he is breathing around it. He could breathe on his own, but they do not want to add additional strain to his body.
He is in a coma. That is the main concern at this moment. They can fix everything else.
“Please… he needs to get back from the place that he is in. I love you all… Let’s just work on getting him out of the coma if we can.”