GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, has passed away at the age of 50. Read on for the sad facts.
1. Brockie Was Found Dead on Sunday
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Style Weekly reports the sad news of Brockie’s death saying:
Police were called to Brockie’s residence in the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue at approximately 6:53 p.m. on Sunday, she says, and found Brockie deceased when they arrived. The Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.
According to TMZ, Brockie was found sitting upright in a chair by his roommate.
2. The Police Do Not Suspect Foul Play
While details of what actually caused death have not been determined yet, Richmond police are said to have ruled out foul play.
Brockie, a devoted fan of the Washington Redskins and a World War II buff, had recently fulfilled two of his lifelong dreams by visiting Stalingrad and playing shows in Japan with Gwar.
Brockie isn’t the only member of the band to have passed away unexpectedly. According to the NY Daily News:
The band’s guitarist, Cory Smoot, died from a heart attack during a Canadian tour in December 2011.
3. Brockie’s Stage Name Is Oderus Urungus
GWAR is an iconic band and Oderus Urungus was the star. Style Weekly writes:
Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, founded what became Richmond’s most famous band in 1984 with a group of five boundary-pushing artists and musicians working out of North Side’s Richmond Dairy. The band struck a nerve, selling out shows and touring the globe. It released its 13th album in 2013.
The band’s website has not confirmed the news of Brockie’s death yet.
4. Former Bandmates Have Reached Out
Hearing of Brockie’s death, former members of the band have already begun to reach out publicly to pay respect to the GWAR frontman. Uproxx.com collected a couple of the sweet words.
“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop says. “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,” says former band member Chris Bopst, a music writer for Style. “Everyone is in shock.”
5. Metal Band Lamb of God Also Has Confirmed the Sad News
Randy Blyth, from fellow Richmond metal band Lamb of God posted an Instagram photo with a caption confirming the death of Brockie:
I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR- my friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old. I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home & his roommates found him. When someone dies, a lot of the time people will say “Oh, he was a unique person, really one of a kind, a true original”- most of these people no idea of what they are talking about- they obviously had never met Dave. Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND- I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him. That’s VERY HARD TO SAY. My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR- they gave us out first shot at this thing. I learned many things from Dave, many of which I am eternally grateful for, and some of which I am deeply ashamed of. I took this picture at his birthday party a few months ago- Dave kissing his Oderous birthday cake. 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”. Richmond, VA has lost one of its most creative people. This is a crying shame to me. Thank you Brockie, for all the crazy shit you did- thank God you existed, so you could do it and I didn’t have to. It was an honor to know you, to be your Shaky Slave, to serve in the Blood Vomits along side you (let’s ride!), and to be soaked by your sweet cuttlefish. RIP Dave Brockie. Oderous, enjoy your trip back home.