GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus found dead on tour bus
The show will go on for sci-fi shock metal band GWAR, which is continuing performances in Canada after the death of guitarist and co-producer Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus. Because metal never dies, kids. Remember that.
The 34-year-old was found dead on the band's tour bus Thursday as they were hitting the Canadian border as part of a three-week North American tour to play in Edmonton and beyond. Band founder and lead singer Dave Brockie, known onstage as Oderus Urungus, sent a statement to website MetalSucks.net noting "the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. …
"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. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him."
Smoot joined the band in 2002, becoming the sixth incarnation of Flattus Maximus, a little-developed character known mostly for smoking weed, eating vegetarians and not saying much. His family did not comment on his death, and a cause has not yet been determined.
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