Co-founder of legendary Jefferson Airplane dies day before MN show


A legendary 1960s rocker who was supposed to perform in Minnesota on Friday night is dead at the age of 74.

Paul Kantner, guitarist and founding member of Jefferson Airplane (perhaps most famous for the psychedelic rock standard "Somebody To Love"; refresh your memory by clicking here), suffered a heart attack earlier this week and on Thursday died of multiple organ failure and septic shock, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

However, a statement on Kantner's death did not list a cause of death, CNN said. He was born in San Francisco, where the band he helped form got its start, according to AllMusic.

He was due to play with Jefferson Starship (one of his famous band's successors, the other being the 80s group Starship, in which Kantner was not involved) at the Medina Entertainment Center in the Twin Cities on Friday. The headliner for the engagement is Blue Oyster Cult.

According to the venue's website, the show will go on. A notice on the entertainment center's calendar indicates Jefferson Starship is "still playing."

Kantner's is the latest in a series of recent music industry deaths, including most notably the passing of David Bowie earlier this month. Glenn Frey of the Eagles died on Jan. 18.

Additionally, Kantner is the second high-profile rock musician to die shortly before a Minnesota performance. Scott Weiland, the former frontman of popular 90s grunge act Stone Temple Pilots, died of an overdose while on tour with his band in Bloomington last month.

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