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Starship guitarist Mark Abrahamian dies after gig

The lead guitarist for rock group Starship, Mark Abrahamian, has died of a heart attack aged 46.

He collapsed following a concert in the US state of Nebraska on Sunday night, where Starship had opened for fellow bands Survivor and Boston, according to road manager Scott Harrison.

Abrahamian had been guitarist with Starship, whose hits include Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, since 2000.

The band said they were "shocked and saddened" by the "sudden loss".

A message posted on their Twitter account continued: "We will miss you, brother. Rest in peace, Mark".

Abrahamian lived in Austin, Texas, and was engaged to be married in December.

"We had just finished the show," explained manager Harrison. "We were back in the dressing room eating. He apparently told the bass player he wasn't feeling well."

He revealed Abrahamian then went into the next room and was talking to his fiancee on the phone when he collapsed.

He was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"It's a shock to everyone," added Harrison, who said Abrahamian's fiancee had since revealed he had been having chest pains "for a while".

Starship's scheduled concert in Utah on Monday was cancelled.

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

Their biggest hits came in the mid-80s, when We Built This City and Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now became top 20 hits in the UK.

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