GWAR lost a monster today. Guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead today on the band’s tour bus following a concert in Minneapolis. Smoot’s body was discovered Thursday as the band prepared to cross into Canada. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Smoot has been in the theatrical metal band since 2002. He played with GWAR under the stage name “Flattus Maximus.”
The Huffington Post reports that GWAR is scheduled to play a show tonight in Edmonton, Canada. At the moment, the show is still on.
Manager Jack Flanagan confirmed that Smoot was found dead on Thursday night but was unable to provide any further information.
Lead singer Dave Brockie, also known as “Oderus Urungus,” said in a statement:
“It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of Gwar must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death. 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.”
Here’s a news report about GWAR and the passing of Cory Smoot.
Were you a fan of GWAR? Will the band be the same without Cory Smoot?