Dave Brockie is dead at the age of 50. The GWAR mastermind and frontman, aka Oderus Urungus, was discovered by Richmond police after they received a phone call from Brockie’s roommate on Sunday night, March 24th. Sometime in the early evening, Dave Brockie died in his apartment. Police currently do not suspect any foul play in Brockie’s death.
Of course Dave Brockie, Oderus Urungus to fans of heavy metal band GWAR, could have had many enemies. GWAR was known for their satirical, thrash metal that always took things to the edge and then pushed them over. Utilizing obscene lyrics, outlandish costumes, and on stage theatrics, Dave Brockie raised up a band in GWAR that left no subject matter untouched. Pop culture icons were always a favorite target of Dave Brockie, mutilating and abusing famous figures on stage such as Lady Gaga, Mike Tyson and Michael Jackson, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.
At only the age of 50, fans of GWAR and Oderus Urungus will find it hard to believe that Dave Brockie is dead. GWAR was gearing up for their big annual event in August, the GWAR-B-Q. The fifth such event was “to far surpass all other GWAR-B-Q’s in terms of bodies consumed on our never-ending altars of gluttony,” according to Oderus Urungus of GWAR. At the time of his death, many assumed that it was another of GWAR’s jokes. But once Dave Brockie was confirmed dead by the Richmond county coroner, fans and bandmates mourned his death. “I wish it was a joke,” said former band member Chris Bopst. “Everyone is in shock.”
GWAR’s lead guitarist, Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus) died on the band’s tour bus in November 2011. Smoot was only 34 at the time of his death and his on stage character Flattus Maximus was retired. A North Dakota medical examiner concluded that Smoot died from “coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease”.
The future of GWAR is in doubt after the death of Dave Brockie. It was his brainchild 30 years ago and Brockie is the one who brings together all the artists that make GWAR’s shows as outrageous as they are. As fans mourn the death of Dave Brockie (or Oderus Urungus), they also await an announcement about the fate of their favorite thrash metal band.
— Tony Tso (@tonytsonyc) March 24, 2014
Damn it! Now I have to live in a world without Dave Brockie. pic.twitter.com/2PqyfFNfBX
— Steve (@SteverinoC) March 24, 2014
— Mike Galt (@mikeygalt) March 24, 2014
RIP Dave Brockie :( #GWAR x pic.twitter.com/PRn9FP8s3C
— Beckie Kinsella (@BeckieofBodom) March 24, 2014
Dave Brockie is dead at the age of 50, meaning another music and stage legend has left this world.