Morphine Singer Dead at 46

Band leader Mark Sandman collapsed during performance at second day of festival outsideRome. Rome.

The lead singer of the Boston rock band Morphine, Mark Sandman,

died of a heart attack suffered onstage during a concert outside Rome

on Saturday night, according to an Associated Press report. He was 46.

The singer/bassist for the group known for its mostly

guitarless beat-noir sound collapsed onstage in front of several

thousand spectators at a music festival just before midnight, AP

reported. "We're devastated," band manager Deborah Klein was quoted as

saying Sunday. "We don't even know what to say. We're all in shock."