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Thread: Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR has passed away.

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    Born Villain dedset13's Avatar
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    Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR has passed away.

    It is a very sad day for GWAR fans. I am deeply saddened.

    GWAR has always been one of my favorite bands. Their originality and creativeness was truly something to behold. I will miss seeing them live and getting covered in blood and lots of "other stuff".

    May Dave rest in peace.

    From Rolling Stone:

    "Dave Brockie, founder and lead singer of outlandish metal band Gwar, died Sunday at the age of 50. The news was first reported by Richmond outlet Style Weekly and confirmed by the band's manager Jack Flanagan.

    "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," Flanagan said. "His body was found Sunday by his bandmate 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. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."

    Police were called to the singer's Richmond home Sunday night after responding to a call by Brockie's roommate. Brockie had already died by the time police arrived. Foul play is not suspected at this time, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.

    "Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop told the paper. "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."

    "I wish it was a joke," added former band member Chris Bopst. "Everyone is in shock."

    Brockie had been in a punk band named Death Piggy that staged crude plays when he founded Gwar in 1984. After meeting band member Hunter Jackson, who had created props for Death Piggy and began work on the film Scumdogs of the Universe, Brockie used the outlandish costumes created for the film to form the joke group Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh. After numerous lineup changes and the shortening of the band name, Brockie dissolved Death Piggy and led Gwar, who released their debut album Hell-O in 1988.

    The satirical metal band quickly earned a following for its macabre, over-the-top costumes and scatological, offensive lyrics, fashioning themselves interplanetary warriors descended from aliens who arrived on Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race. The band celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014, having released their 13th album, Battle Maximus, last year.

    "His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit," said Bishop. "He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, 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."
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    Angast's #1 fan Bonehead's Avatar
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    Just heard about this...very sad.

    I saw GWAR many times live....and always from the back of the venue. Gwar fans will get that.

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    Gorilla beastussapien Beastmangler's Avatar
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    This really Sucks!!

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    Well that was dumb! Is-rael's Avatar
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    Always an entertaining fellow. I was sorry to hear this, RIP.
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    I've been a GWAR fan since the Scumdogs of the Universe album. Brockie was the funniest guy in metal. It is really a very sad day. It sucks that they lost Cory three years ago, and now Brockie.

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    Super Powered Mod! markatisu's Avatar
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    Didn't Cory die of a heart attack? I wonder what Brockie died of since 50 is way too young to go for a relatively healthy looking guy
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