Mark Abrahamian, lead guitarist for the veteran rock group Starship, has died, according to the band's official website.
We are shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of our guitar player Mark Abrahamian. We will miss you, brother. Rest in peace, Mark.—
Starship Control (@StarshipControl) September 03, 2012
Multiple news sites reported Abrahamian, 46, died of a heart attack backstage after a concert Sunday night in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Starship's planned Monday night concert in Orem, Utah, was canceled, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. People who have tickets for future Starship shows should check with the concert venue.
Abrahamian had been touring with Starship, featuring original member Mickey Thomas, since 2000.
According to the band's website, Abrahamian's life was changed when he heard the Van Halen song "Eruption" when he was in the seventh grade.
"I went home and didn't leave my room until the ninth grade," he says on the site.
Starship's songs include "Sara," "Jane," "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us," "Built This City on Rock and Roll" and "Find Your Way Back."