Following the shocking news yesterday that Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot aka Flattus Maximus was found dead by his band mates, vocalist Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus has released a lengthy statement via his publicist, Jon Freeman.
“After a restless night spent hurtling through the desolate Canadian wilderness, I crawled from my bunk on the tour bus to face reality, grudgingly aware that the the dark dream that gripped us would not fade with the day. We have lost a brother, a husband, a son, and one of the most talented musicians that ever slung an ax. Cory Smoot, longtime lead guitar player for the band Gwar, has passed at the age of 34.
As the singer of Gwar and one of his best friends, I feel it is my duty to try and answer some of the questions that surround his tragic and untimely death. I know the sense of loss and pain is far greater in scope than in the insulated environment of a band on tour, and I will do my best to provide what clarity and comfort I can.
The most glaring question is how? And unfortunately that is the hardest question to answer. The truth will not be known until the medical officials have finished their work. All I can do is relate what we saw with our own eyes.
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Gwar Singer Releases Statement About the Death of Their Guitarist