Dave Brockie, who led satirical gore-metal band Gwar under the stage name “Oderus Urungus,” was found dead in his Virginia home on Sunday. He was 50 years old.
According to Richmond, Virginia-based publication Style Weekly, who first broke the news, Brockie was discovered by his roommate on Sunday afternoon, who called the police. He was dead by the time they arrived. Authorities are waiting on an autopsy to determine cause of death, but they say foul play is not suspected at this time.
Band manager Jack Flanigan confirmed the reports with a statement: “It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014…My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
Founded by Brockie in 1984, Gwar was established under the guise of alien warriors come to earth to enslave and murder its inhabitants. Bandmates took on the roles of outlandish characters in grotesque makeup and costuming, and developed a reputation for live shows filled with fake blood, gore, and intentionally offensive lyricism and onstage antics. The band released their 13th studio album Battle Maximus last fall and were celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.
Brockie is the second member of Gwar to pass away in this decade. Cory Smoot (aka “Flattus Maximus”) was found dead on the tour bus in 2011 due to heart issues. Brockie was the only original member of Gwar still with the band.
Former band bassist Mike Bishop commented on the death of Brockie to Style Weekly: “Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve 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. His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever!”