GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot's Sudden Death Is Most Mysterious

The heavy metal band GWAR has never been known for subtlety. Their act is raunchy and over the top with gore and masks and sounds that only a select few would even identify as "music." Still, the death of their guitarist Cory Smoot on their tour bus on Thursday came as a shock to everyone. There is no cause of death, but it was sudden.

Smoot, who has been with the band since 2002, performed under the name Flattus Maximus and wore -- like all the members -- over-the-top sci-fi/fantasy-based costumes. He produced GWAR's last two albums. Smoot's body was discovered on the bus just before it crossed into Canada.

The story is bizarre and makes no mention of drug use or any other reason he would have died. The band released a statement through GWAR vocalist Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus:


It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of Gwar are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred.

It's a very mysterious death. At least with Amy Winehouse. there was some obvious speculation about what might have happened, but in this case, there is little to go on. We don't even know his age.

Regardless, it's a shock. To die on a tour bus in the middle of an exciting life is probably not the exit Smoot had planned for himself, and it will be interesting to hear in the coming months what may have caused such a death.

In the meantime, the band is obviously devastated to lose the fifth performer to fill the role of Flattus Maximus, and as of now, it's unclear whether there will be a sixth or not. For now, everyone is just in shock.

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