GWAR Vocalist Found Dead at 50
March 24, 2014 | By: Martin Said
Dave Brockie, lead vocalist and founding member of satirical thrash group Gwar, was found dead on Sunday. He was 50 years old. The band’s manager Jack Flanagan confirmed the death with 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 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his bandmate 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. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known”, said former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop speaking to Style Weekly, the Richmond newspaper that were the first to announce the tragedy. “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.” The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed but Police do not suspect foul play. This isn’t the first death to hit Gwar in recent years, as guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead in 2011, just before the band were set to embark on a Canadian tour.
Founded by Brockie in 1984, Gwar has gained a cult following over its 30 year career, specifically thanks to their penchant for over the top stage antics and costumes, and their horror influenced music which often features humorously vulgar lyrics. Also known by his stage name Oderus Urungus, Dave was the last founding member of the group. The band released their 13th album Battle Maximus in 2013 and have yet to reveal if they intend on continuing without Brockie.
We send our condolences to all family, friends and fans of Dave Brockie and Gwar.