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GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot, Flattus Maximus, Found Dead

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GWAR founding member and vocalist Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, has posted the following statement online regarding the passing of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot.

"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, 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. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR's current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long-term plans. 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."

Cory Smoot handled production duties on Gwar's latest two albums "Lust In Space" and "Bloody Pit of Horror." He also owned and operated his own recording studio, Karma Studios, where several of GWAR's albums had been recorded.

All staff at Metalunderground.com offer our condolences to the Smoot family.

Source: MetalSucks

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1. Netromancer writes:

Bummer. RIP Cory. Thanks for the tunes.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Greyback writes:

Man this sucks. All the best to his family, the other GWAR members, and may he rest in peace.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Ulfbrand writes:

Wow, another huge loss for metal. A great guitarist. RIP

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Shno writes:

I had a chance to meet these guys once. Absolutely rips me apart when these things happen. RIP Cory. Scumdogs forever \m/

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. philipmalone writes:

oh my god... so shocked

My condolences..

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. DixieSkumLord666 writes:

this sucks....I hope gwar keeps on keeping on...been a tough few years lately for metal

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. R10 writes:

Pretty damned stunned by this. Condolences,an incredible live show that ive seen plenty of times.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. timrulzbutdoesnotdrool writes:

holy sh** thats crazy saw you guys two days ago and i got his pick throw to me as well!!!! RIP flattus

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Philgr writes:

Another one... RIP.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Dave124 writes:

never really got in to GWAR but this is sad. RIP

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ZMA writes:

Oh my god this sucks. I really liked this guy as a guitarist. RIP Cory. Universe is takin' everybody from us.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Jackrum writes:

They were amazing at Bloodstock..
RIP

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Lifelover writes:

Tears fall. RIP Bro.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 4:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Cynic writes:

No way... farewell Cory thanks for all the ripping for GWAR.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

I just saw him a month ago. Mensrea played a surprise hometown gig in Toledo. They were great...he looked fine...totally beside myself right now for a dear friend and a great band. RIP Cory. Without you, War Party would have never happened. Man. f***. This sucks.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 5:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Blindgreed1 writes:

Damn sad news...

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. brandedcfh420 writes:

Another metal giant gone forever. Sad day for the GWAR family and fans. Glad I was able to see him 3 times with GWAR.

R.I.P. FLATTUS MAXIMUS.....NEVER FORGOTTEN

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 6:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Ross writes:

I very briefly worked with Cory on a TV project featuring GWAR and he was accommodating, funny, sincere, enthusiastic and just a terrific guy. Totally shocking and very, very sad.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 6:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. R writes:

I was at the St. Louis show on Tuesday night; one of the last to see him perform live; sad to read..RIP

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 7:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Dmasa writes:

Some of the best concerts I have ever been to were GWAR shows. You guys tore it up like no other.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 8:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Gamehendge writes:

Beside myself. Peace to the Gwar and Smoot family.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 9:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. silvermountains writes:

Wow right before the tour too... RIP Cory.

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 10:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. fuck gwar writes:

this band is awful... i piss on your grave

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 10:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. CorpusUpir writes:

This totally sucks RIP dude. And to #23 show some respect and stop being a little f***

# Nov 3, 2011 @ 10:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Jason from Joliet writes:

Cory rocked as a guitarist and was a good dude. He will be missed. GWAR forever

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. boof writes:

just saw gwar last night, great show as always. really, really sad to hear about cory, awesome musician. and #23 shut up and keep it to your self! show some respect.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Necrovomit writes:

bummer man, this breaks my heart, it truly does. one of my favorite bands \m/ RIP man

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 1:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. dimentian writes:

GWAR and Decapitated.....keep the horns up brothers!

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 1:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. FG writes:

I will be praying for the friends and family. I am truly sorry for your loss.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 4:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. BoltThrower writes:

I'd rather die than go to Canada too.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 6:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

^^^ RoFL

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 8:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. WOLF7 writes:

LOL #30... Christ...

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 9:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. GWARgirl writes:

Truly saddened by this news, I've seen GWAR 5 times now and everytime has been epic. RIP, Flattus you will be missed!

Oh and #30...where the hell are you from that's so great...Idaho or some sh**?

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 10:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. The_Avant_Garde writes:

#30; When I interviewed Dave/Oderus before their show here in Vancouver last year he claimed that the band loved Canada, especially the west coast. He said they always sell their gigs out in Canada and never have to worry about if people are going to show up. He seemed to know ALOT about Canada as well, seeing as how he is actually...Canadian. Born in Ottawa!

Great band, great guy and from the few short minutes I got to speak with Cory a real down to earth dude as well. He will be missed by many.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 11:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. aKa writes:

\m/ RIP \m/. Another sad day for Metal.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. RTB writes:

RIP corey
thanks for being a part of a band that always gave some great live shows \m/

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Rychemn writes:

You got to be sh**tin' me!!!!!...now I really wished I had seen them at the house of blues...*heavy sigh*......R.I.P....my metal brother...\M/..\M/

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 2:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Diamond Oz writes:

I passed on seeing Gwar at Graspop this year in favour of Kreator. I kinda wish I hadn't now. Respect.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 4:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. kallah writes:

Terrible loss. R.I.P.

And wtf is up with the comment against Canada? That's totally uncalled for.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. PESTILENCE writes:

At least he made it well past 27.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. themorningsleeve writes:

This really sucks about Cory. I was at the Indianapolis show 3 days before doing photos and a review. Hard to believe they're some of the last pictures ever taken of him. Here's the link if anyone cares to see the pictures or read the review:

http://nerdrepository.com/2011/11/04/the-loss-of-a-true-scumdog/

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 8:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. R.I.P. writes:

To be honest I never really listened to GWAR. Though, to loose another musician, a musician who seemed to have a HUGE impact on the world sucks. I wish the best for him in the after life and in the next.
My thoughts and condolences go out to the band and to his family.

May Corey rest in peace!

# Nov 5, 2011 @ 1:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Gabriel Seguy writes:

This is just f***in horrible, R.I.P. why is it that we lose such great, talented, and genuine artists but a$$holes get to live forever.

# Nov 5, 2011 @ 4:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Everyonesxwife writes:

This is so tragic. The guys in GWAR passed out Missing Person fliers for a friend of mine on their North America tour last year and we got to meet all the fellas back stage. Each and every one of the guys was sincerely sweet and concerned. Cory even have me a little hug.

He will me missed by all who love GWAR, but he will also be missed by Kellie Hall's friends and family for being such a nice compassionate guy.

Thank you.

# Nov 7, 2011 @ 2:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. HolyFUCK writes:

Man.. That is a shame, RIP.

# Nov 7, 2011 @ 5:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Drum_Junkie writes:

I have even more respect for this band after hearing that they are planning to continue the tour. It really shows how dedicated they are to their music and fans.

(Also, it really contrasts with the Decapitated crash landing news.)

# Nov 7, 2011 @ 6:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

Yeah, I guess GWAR is retiring the Flattus character for good. I didn't know it, but Cory was the one that wore the suit the longest in the history of the band! Very fitting that they would retire his suit AND continue the tour.

# Nov 8, 2011 @ 2:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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