September 3rd, 2012
10:44 PM ET

Starship guitarist dead at 46

Mark Abrahamian, lead guitarist for the veteran rock group Starship, has died, according to the band's official website.


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."

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  1. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    One more point, after knowing how many STARS Rock or Otherwise have died due to OD,Heart Attack etc,
    Why do they (STARS) continue down the same path knowing drugs can kill them ie Whittey Huston?

    September 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil sincera

      Performing is an extremely stressful Job, suprising that moré dont OD...

      September 6, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • kicksave1980

      @Frank – So now a heart attack means that the guy was doing drugs? Thanks, doctor.

      September 26, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim in PA

    Obviously, when Abrahamian said he "went home and didn't leave my room until the ninth grade" he meant he was practicing guitar all that time. But that's not to say that CNN shouldn't have clarified the statement...

    September 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    Yup she was smok'in hot.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ginger

    Tebowg did you know him ? Really your post is discusting and ignorant this man was well known in the amp modding and building cominity he was humble beyond words helpfully to anyone and everyone with his vast knowledge he was not a name dropper and never heldt a grudge or talked down to people do your research before you assume because we all know what that assumption has made you out to be

    September 7, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amped Up

      Rah. And it's "disgusting". Now go play with your G-string...on your guitar, dude.

      September 30, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • 123elle

      Amped Up:
      Correcting an obvious, simple typo does not make you an expert in anything, including the English language. But you did prove your inherent nastiness and smallness of spirit quite competently in trashing a thoughtful post.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oh. My. Gawd.

    Oh. Wow. Another "entertainer" dead. Well, we all gotta go sometime. Oh, look. There's another "entertainer". And another. And another. And another.

    September 30, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mark McKee

    And look at Grace now, ironically living out her final years on an estate overlooking the California coast, just like......................wait for it.....................Richard Milhouse Nixon! She embodies the whole hippie/boomer hypocracy. Imagine Yoko with no's easy if you

    October 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
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