Starship guitarist dies of heart attack

At age 46, Starship guitarist Mark Abrahamian is dead.

The band, known for the hits “We Built This City” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” posted on its  Twitter account on Monday, Sept. 3, “We are shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of our guitar player Mark Abrahamian. We will miss you, brother. Rest in peace, Mark.”

The guitarist, who has been with Starship since 2000, died of a heart attack Sept. 3 following a concert in Nebraska.

“We had just finished the show. We were back in the dressing room eating. He apparently told the bass player he wasn’t feeling well,” The Washington Post quotes road manager Scott Harrison as saying.

The guitarist, who went into the next room, was speaking to his fiancé on the phone when he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead. An autopsy was done on the same day.

“Mark was a kind, thoughtful and innovative soul,” the band wrote on its Facebook page.

“He was also a friend and family member. Mark also happened to be one hell of a guitar player. We are devastated by the loss of our brother and just dealing with it the best we can.”

Starship has had a long history, beginning in the 60s as he legendary Jefferson Airplane and then morphing into Jefferson Starship in the 80s. As Starship, the group is led by vocalist Micky Thomas.

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