The founder and frontman for the heavy metal band GWAR, who performed under the name of Oderus Urungus, was found dead in his Virginia home on Sunday.
Dave Brockie, 50, was found inside his Richmond home shortly before 7 p.m. sitting upright in a chair.
Investigators did not immediately suspect foul play, but an autopsy was scheduled to determine a cause of death.
A roommate found Brockie sitting upright in a chair and investigators found no drugs inside the home.
Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said officers were called to a residence in the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue at 6:53 p.m. Sunday for a report of a dead person. Officers found Brockie’s body inside the home.
Dave’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
Brockie and his fellow Virginia Commonwealth University art students formed the heavy metal group, which was known for their grotesque costumes and theatrics (and naughty lyrics).
GWAR bassist Mike Bishop stated, “Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve ever known. He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art.”
Randy Blythe, frontman for the Richmond-based heavy metal band Lamb of God, posted a message on his Instagram account after learning the tragic news from bass player Chris Bopst. Chris was one of the original members of the band.
Blythe wrote, “My friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet. Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND — I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him…My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR — they gave us our first shot at this thing.”
In a January 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Brockie said of Smoot’s passing, “I think Cory’s death is a big wake-up call for all of us. We all breathed a big sigh of relief when we found out it wasn’t a drug overdose, to speak quite frankly. But then to think that he was 34 and died of a heart attack — it’s really scary.”
He continued: “Everybody out there needs to take care of themselves, especially you guys who are playing in bands and starting to get up into your 40s and you’re all sitting there just like me saying, ‘Holy shit, this is still going on and I can keep doing this probably for the rest of my life?’ Yeah, you can, but you have to take of yourself. You really, really, really, really do. So I’m trying to quit smoking right now.”
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