I’m sure many of you have heard the bad news but it still pains to say that Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus), the front man and driving force behind GWAR, is no longer with us. He passed away at age 50 yesterday. The cause of death hasn’t been disclosed but one thing is for certain… He will be greatly missed.

While speaking with,  former GWAR bassist Mike Bishop said the following…

“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known. 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.”

“His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, 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.”

Later on, the band’s manager, Jack Flanagan, issued this statement…

“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.”

Metal has lost another one of its champions…

 R.I.P. Dave Brockie


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