GWAR fans we are sad to report that frontman, Oderus Urungus, also known as Dave Brockie, has passed away at the age of 50. The founder of the Richmond, VA based band was discovered by his roommate last night.
The band’s management team will reportedly hold a press conference later on today to officially confirm his death. At the time, police claim there is no evidence of foul play when the body was discovered between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. last night.
“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop told Style Weekly, the Richmond publication that broke the news. “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.”
Bishop continued, “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.”
Lamb of Godd frontman, Randy Blythe took to his Instagram to express his reaction to his fallen Richmond brother: “Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND. I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him. That’s VERY HARD TO SAY.” Blythe continued: “My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR. They gave us our first shot at this thing.”
Brockie’s passing comes three years after the passing of GWAR guitarist Flattus Maximus, also known as Cory Smoot. Like Brockie, Smoot was discovered dead at age 34. The band has a slew of upcoming events including their fourth annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond on August 17th. Back in January, Brockie has tweeted for fans to keep an eye out for upcoming news from them in celebration of their 30th anniversary (he had said someething about a tour). Now, there’s no word on what’s going to happen.