Described as “one of the most iconic rock bands from the eighties”, influential 80’s rock outfit Starship today lost a key member of its family. Guitarist Mark Abrahamian has died following a heart attacked, aged 46.
The band’s road manager, Scott Harrison, has told The Mercury that shortly after their performance at Norfolk, Nebraska on September 2 with Boston and Survivor, Abrahamian raised the issue of not feeling very well at all. He was quickly rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Starship have been accredited for composing many rock anthems. Abrahamian joined the band in 2000, which has fronted by the legendary Mickey Thomas since 1992. According to a bio on the band’s Official Website, Abrahamian started playing guitar at the age of 10 after hearing Van Halen’s Eruption while in year 7 at school. As the guitarist himself told it, he “Went home and didn’t leave (his) room until the ninth grade.”
The band has also released a statement through their Facebook page, which you can check out below:
We are all shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of our guitar player Mark Abrahamian. Mark was a kind, thoughtful and innovative soul. He was also a friend and family member. Mark also happened to be one hell of a guitar player. We are devastated by the loss of our brother and just dealing with it the best we can.