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Lead guitarist for Starship dies in Nebraska

Monday - 9/3/2012, 4:06pm  ET

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - Mark Abrahamian (abe-ruh-hehn-EE'-an), the lead guitarist for the rock bank Starship, has died of a heart attack after a concert in Norfolk, Neb.

Road manager Scott Harrison says Abrahamian died Sunday night after performing at the DeVent Center. He was 46.

Harrison says an autopsy was done Monday.

Starship was the opening band for a concert that also featured Survivor and Boston.

Harrison says that after Starship performed, Abrahamian went to the dressing room and complained about not feeling well. He collapsed and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Abrahamian joined Starship 11 years ago. Starship's history goes back to the 1960s with Jefferson Airplane and in 1980s Jefferson Starship.

Abrahamian lived in Austin, Texas. Funeral services are pending.


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