Dave Brockie dead: Gwar’s frontman Oderus Urungus dies at his Virginia home aged 50
Gwar’s frontman Dave Brockie has been found dead at his Virginia home at the age of 50.
Officers were called to a home in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday evening to a report of a dead person, said Dionne Waugh, a spokesperson for local police.
When police arrived, Dave Brockie was found dead inside the home.
Dionne Waugh said the medical examiner’s officer would determine the cause of death but foul play is not suspected.
On Monday, a picture of Dave Brockie was posted on the heavy metal band’s official website, along with the dates of his birth and death.
Gwar’s manager, Jack Flanagan, released a statement confirming the news.
“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.
“His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed,” he said.
Jack Flanagan added: “My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
Dave Brockie had been part of the Grammy-nominated band since it was founded in 1984 and went by the stage name Oderus Urungus.
Gwar were known for the grotesque costumes, on-stage antics and extreme lyrics.
They had recently announced they would hold the fifth Gwar-B-Q concert on August 16 at Hadad’s Water Park in Virginia.
Gwar released their last album in 2013 and had recently completed tours in Japan and Australia.
In 2011, Gwar’s lead guitarist 34-year-old Cory Smoot was found dead on the band’s tour bus.
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