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GWAR frontman David Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, has died at the age of 50, Consequence of Sound has confirmed.
According to the Richmond, VA, Police Department, Brockie was found dead in his home on Sunday evening. The cause of death is not yet known; however, there is no suspicion of foul play.
Update: GWAR’s manager, Jack Flanagan, has issued a statement on behalf of the band:
“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 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.
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.”
Brockie formed the metal band in 1984 and remained the group’s only consistent member. The band may be best known for its SciFi-inspired costumes and graphic onstage antics, though under Brockie’s guidance, GWAR emerged as one of the most respected thrash metal bands of the last 25 years. They released 13 full-length studio albums, staged a series of events, including GWAR B-Q, and even earned a pair of Grammy nods. In 2013, a petition was launched to have GWAR play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show and has received over 50,000 signatures.
Brockie was also an avid sports fan and penned a weekly football column for MetalSucks. In addition, he appeared on the FOX News talk show Red Eye.
Below, watch a few of our favorite GWAR videos, including a recent interview between Brockie and Andrew W.K., GWAR’s cover of Kansas’s “Carry on Wayward Son”, and their video for “Let’s Slay”.