MUSIC NEWS - Mark Abrahamian, lead guitarist for the rockers Starship, died of a heart attack after a concert in Norfolk, NE, his road manager said. Road manager Scott Harrison said Abrahamian, 46, collapsed after a performance Sunday night.
"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," Harrison said Monday.
Abrahamian went into the next room and was talking to his fiance on the phone when he collapsed, Harrison said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Harrison said an autopsy was done Monday.
"It's a shock to everyone," Harrison told the AP during a phone interview from the airport in Omaha, where he was waiting for Abrahamian's fiance. They planned to get married in December in Hawaii, Harrison said. Starship was the opening act at a concert that also featured Survivor and Boston.
Harrison said Abrahamian, who's been with Starship for the past eleven years, hadn't mentioned any health problems to him, but he apparently had been telling his fiance. "He had been having chest pains for a while," Harrison said.
Starship's concert on Monday in Orem, UT has been cancelled as a result of Abrahamiam's untimely passing.
Abrahamian lived in Austin, Texas. Funeral services are pending.
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