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GWAR frontman Dave Brockie dies

By | Published on Tuesday 25 March 2014

Dave Brockie

GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his home on Sunday, police confirmed to CBS 6 yesterday. The cause of death has not yet been determined, although foul play is not suspected. Brockie was 50.

Brockie formed GWAR in 1984 and was the only member of the band to feature in the line-up continuously throughout their career. Speaking to Style Weekly, former GWAR bassist Mike Bishop said: “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”.

He continued: “His penchant for scatological humours belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best ever. A great frontman, 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”.

Brockie’s death follows that of guitarist Cory Smoot, who died of a heart attack on the band’s tour bus in 2011.