Late GWAR Frontman Laid to Rest in Viking Style

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It has been five months since GWAR lost founding member, Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, but during the band’s annual GWAR-B-Q, the band set Urungus to reset the only way to set such a character to rest, with a Viking funeral.

In tradition with the ancient Norse custom, Brockie’s Oderus Urungus costume was laid out in a boat filled with offerings, launched into Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, VA and set on fire with a flaming arrow.

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe had the honor or reciting the eulogy at the event which paid tribute to the late frontman and final original member of the metal band. In his speech, Blythe wrote about what a bog personality Brockie was, so big that he was “he only motherfucker I know who has to get put away twice.”

You can read his full eulogy below and watch some videos taken at the Viking funeral/ GWAR-B-Q.

“Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave’s costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool’s Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad.

But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just “left us”- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed.”

Brockie passed away back in March. His body was discovered by his roommate that found him unresponsive. At the time, the police had said that there was no foul play involved, but it had been later revealed that Brockie had died from an accidental heroin overdose. Brockie was 50.

In memory of their former frontman, the rest of GWAR went on to crate the Dave Brockie Foundation with the assistance of their fans.

GWAR Frontman’s Cause of Death Revealed

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GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, passed away in late March, but at the time of the sad news, there had been no  cause of death for the sudden passing.

Today, the official cause of death for Oderus Urungus (Brockie’s stage name) has been determined as an accidental heroin overdose, according to Richmond, Virginia CBS affiliate, WTVR.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the official cause of death was “acute heroin toxicity, means: accident.”

Brockie, who was 50 at the time of his passing, was found dead in his Richmond home by his roommate on the morning of March 23. At the time of the initial police report, they did not suspect foul play to be the cause, but they had found evidence of heroin use at the residence.

Brockie’s struggle with drugs was something that was known and was even made public back in 2010 when Decibel wrote a profile about the musician. The writer even wrote in the article that he had “smoke crack” with him behind a dumpster.

With Brockie’s death some question arose including what would become of their beloved GWAR-B-Q and that tour that was being hinted at by Brockie himself on Twitter back in January. The tour, we assume, has been put on the back burner, indefinitely, while the GWAR-B-Q will go on as scheduled on August 16.

The band revealed plans to establish an arts-based charity in his memory, the Dave Brockie Fund. Friends of Brockie have also joined forces to start a fundraiser to fulfill one of the late musician’s dream; to open the GWARBar in the city that he loved, Richmond.

They are aiming to raise $50,000 and currently have obtained $12,714 from donations on their IndieGoGo page.