Death Of GWAR Frontman Being Treated As Drug-Related

By McCarton Ackerman 03/28/14

Despite Brockie declaring that he only drank and smoked weed, authorities reportedly have evidence that may prove otherwise.

Brockie as Oderus Urungus. Photo via

GWAR frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie was found dead by one of his bandmates last Sunday evening at his home in Richmond, VA. He was 50 years old. With his death, the band is now left without any of the founding members who started the thrash metal band in 1984.

Authorities are reportedly treating his death as drug-related based on evidence gathered at the house. The state medical examiner is currently determining the cause of death, while the results of Brockie’s toxicology report won't be available for roughly six weeks. GWAR’s guitarist, Cory “Flattus Maximus” Smoot, died in 2011 from heart failure due to a pre-existing coronary artery disease. However, he also tested positive for cocaine and opiates.

Throughout their 30-year career, GWAR was known for their drug use while on the road. But Brockie said in his final interview that he didn’t partake in any illegal substances besides marijuana. “I’m not a drug addict. I do like alcohol and I like weed,” he said. “And this is one thing I will say to every single band out there…don’t get f*cked up with the coke or heroin, all that bulls*it. Just drink and smoke weed.”

Despite Brockie’s death, the band announced that they will go on with their 2014 GWAR-B-Q at Hadad’s Lake on August 16. They will also hold a public memorial service the day prior.

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