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Gwar Guitarist Mysteriously Dies On Tour Bus

The costumed headbanger died suddenly as his band prepared to cross the border into Canada.


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By Will Herbst


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Corey Smoot, the 34-year-old guitarist for the tongue-in-cheek, outlandishly-costumed heavy metal act "Gwar,” was found dead yesterday morning on the band’s tour bus. The sudden death of such a young man—who was, after all, a headbanger—has inevitably invited speculation. No cause of death has yet been reported. Rolling Stone reports Smoot's body was discovered as his bandmates tried to wake him while preparing to cross the Canadian border to play a Friday night show in Edmonton. Smoot, who joined the band in 2002, is the fifth guitarist to play under the stage name “Flattus Maximus,” and had produced the band’s last two albums. David Brockie, the frontman and lead vocalist of Gwar since its inception in 1984 in Virginia, announced: “It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of Gwar must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today." Gwar, who like to dress as aliens and spew fake blood and goo over their fans, have yet to make a decision on the fate of their six-month North American tour—but according to the Edmonton Journal, tonight's show will go ahead as planned.

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