Carlos Santana
Musician Carlos Santana accepts the Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award at the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California September 27, 2013. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) recognizes Latinos in the entertainment industry. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Famous guitarist Carlos Santana was reportedly reunited with a former band member he had not seen in decades, thanks to a news reporter at a local television station in the San Francisco area.

Marcus Malone was discovered by Stanley Roberts, a reporter for Kron4, while he was working on a story about illegal dumping in Oakland. Speaking to the reporter, Malone mentioned that he was once a part of the music scene.

“At one time I was with the Santana band, the original Santana Blues Band,” Malone told the reporter. “Now I’m homeless and on the streets.”

Malone played congas in the Santana Blues Band but left in 1969 when he was sentenced to imprisonment for manslaughter. It had been more than four decades since the two bandmates had seen each other.

On meeting Malone, Santana was reportedly overwhelmed with joy and rushed to embrace him.

“That’s him man. That’s magnificent Marcus Malone,” he said, according to media reports. “His spirit is indomitable.”

“I want to offer him a place to stay in an apartment, get him some clothes, and get him some clothes, and just get him out of the street,” Santana told CNN. Kron4's cameras captured the emotional moment of their reunion on Friday.

Santana told Kron4 that he had tried looking for Malone but, unfortunately, was unable to track him down. He also added that he would soon bring Malone into the recording studio with him.