Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie Dies At 50
Dave Brockie, the Gwar frontman also known as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his home in Richmond, Va., on Sunday night. He was 50.
Dave Brockie Dies
Police received a call just before 7 p.m. on Sunday that indicated a man had been found dead in his home, according to a statement from a Richmond police spokesperson. “When officers arrived, they found David M. Brockie, 50, deceased inside the home," the statement, which appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, read.
Foul play is not suspected in Brockie’s death and no drugs were reportedly uncovered at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s office will determine and reveal the official cause of death.
Brockie’s death was confirmed on Monday in a statement from the band’s manager, Jack Flanagan. "My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family," said Flanagan, who revealed that a Gwar bandmate had found Brockie and that the other members and Brockie’s family had been notified of his passing. "More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."
Brockie & GWAR
Brockie, who founded Gwar in 1984, was the last original band member still performing with the group. Part of their shtick was taking on fantastical alter ego characters. Brockie’s other-worldly persona was Oderus Urungus, a native of Scumdogia who was billions of years old. He was known for his horns and his broadsword weapon.
Bronkie performing as Oderus Urungus
Gwar bassist Mike Bishop offered some kind words for his late bandmate after learning of his death. "Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," he told Style Weekly. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."
Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot died from a heart attack in 2011 while the band was touring in North Dakota.
– Chelsea Regan