Founder and lead vocalist of the thrash metal band GWAR, Dave Brockie, was found dead in his Richmond home on Sunday.
According to Dionne Waugh of the Richmond Police, the authorities were called to Brockie’s residence at around 6:53 p.m. for a reported death. The authorities discovered the lifeless body of 50-year-old Brockie when they arrived at the scene.
Detectives do not suspect any foul play, and the official cause of death is soon to be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
GWAR’s manager, Jack Flanagan, has issued a statement saying that more information surrounding Brockie’s death will be released as soon as details have been confirmed. He also said that his focus is to look after Brockie’s family and the rest of the band.
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Dave Brockie, alias Oderus Urungus RIP #GWAR
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GWAR was formed in 1984 in Richmond, Virginia. The band is known for their heavy music and theatrical performances. Each band member has his own persona and alias, as well as out-of-this-world costume.
The band just came back from shows in Japan to celebrate their 30th anniversary in the music business. They also released their 13th studio album just last year.
Mike Bishop, the former bassist for the band, says that Brockie was one of the smartest and funniest guys that he has 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.”
Brockie, who was known as Oderus Urungus, was the only GWAR character who has ever existed in every incarnation of the band. He started out as the band’s guitarist, then moved on to playing the bass, and eventually ended up being the band’s vocalist. He also contributed to the Fox News Channel as Oderus Urungus.
Oderus Urungus on Fox News
The death of Brockie came three years after the death of their guitarist Cory Smoot. Smoot died due to a heart attack that he had while they were on their 2011 tour.
GWAR rocks the show
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