Mar 2014 24

Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie Has Died, Police Do Not Suspect Foul PlayDavid Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, founder and lead singer of renowned metal act GWAR, was found dead in his apartment Sunday at age 50. Detectives with Richmond Police say they “do not suspect foul play at this time,” though a Medical Examiner has yet to determine actual cause of death. Brocke’s death comes during the band’s 30th anniversary, just after the band’s return from its premiere Japan performance. “Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former GWAR bassist Mike Bishop says. “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. His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.” While Bishop has relayed these sentiments to media outlets such as Style Weekly, the band has not released an official statement on Brockie’s death. This follows the death of GWAR’s lead guitarist Cory Smoot, who held the mantle of Flattus Maximus, in 2011.
Grammy-nominated GWAR was founded in 1984, releasing 13 albums from its inception to 2013. “We were and still are provocateurs,” Brockie told Style Weekly in a 2012 exclusive. “We’re just a bunch of guys with warped senses of humor spit balling the most evil ideas that we could think of, to hold up a twisted mirror to the culture.” GWAR recently confirmed its Fifth Annual GWAR-B-Q for August 16; no word on whether the event will still be held.


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