Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie Dies
On Monday, it was revealed that Dave Brockie, the frontman of thrash metal band Gwar, died.
According to reports, officers arrived at his home, where they found him dead. A cause of death still has not been determined. Brockie, who performed as character Oderus Urungus, was 50.
Brockie’s death follows that of Corey Smoot, a long-time band member who passed away in 2011. Although reports claim he passed as a result of coronary artery thrombosis, drug use has been suspected.
Those in the metal community have responded since the incident, with Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe writing on Facebook: "Right now, if I were to truly honor Dave in the way HE would do it if it were ME that had died, I would make a completely tasteless joke about his death. But I do not have the stomach for that — Dave would, but not me. He never put much stock in 'limits.'"
Over the years, Gwar maintained a strong underground following. Their grotesque shows and performances drew audiences across the U.S., Australia, and Asia.
The band’s last release was Battle Maximus, which came out in September 2013 and had been supported by a tour. While the album failed to chart in the U.S., the band experienced mainstream status on a couple of occasions, including two Grammy nominations over the years.
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