Heavy metal act GWAR has enjoyed a long tenure of legendary cult status, shocking fans with their reptilian costumes, vulgar lyrics and vile stage shows. In recent years, GWAR has been featured on the A.V. Club’s Undercover, covering numbers by Kansas and Billy Ocean.
Lead singer David Brockie, who used the stage name Oderus Urungus, was found dead on Sunday in his Richmond home by a bandmate. Police do not suspect foul play, though an autopsy has yet to be performed. Brockie was 50.
This is the second death of the band; guitarist Cory Smoot died in 2011. He was found on the band’s tour bus. Officials reported his death as the result of coronary thrombosis.
In their 30 years career span, they’ve released numerous albums and have been nominated for two Grammys. For the past five years, GWAR has hosted a BBQ in their hometown called the GWAR-B-Q. This year’s is scheduled for Aug. 16.
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