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Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus Speaks About Cory Smoot's Death

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GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie has released a statement regarding the passing of guitarist Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus. Below is the entire statement:

"After a restless night spent hurtling through the desolate Canadian wilderness, I crawled from my bunk on the tour bus to face reality, grudgingly aware that the the dark dream that gripped us would not fade with the day. We have lost a brother, a husband, a son, and one of the most talented musicians that ever slung an ax. Cory Smoot, longtime lead guitar player for the band GWAR, has passed at the age of 34.

"As the singer of GWAR and one of his best friends, I feel it is my duty to try and answer some of the questions that surround his tragic and untimely death. I know the sense of loss and pain is far greater in scope than in the insulated environment of a band on tour, and I will do my best to provide what clarity and comfort I can.

"The most glaring question is how? And unfortunately that is the hardest question to answer. The truth will not be known until the medical officials have finished their work. All I can do is relate what we saw with our own eyes.

"The last time I saw Cory was after our show in Minneapolis on Weds. night. It was a great show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, one of our favorite places to play. Cory was happy. He was excited about the band and especially the new studio he was building in the Slave Pit back in Richmond. He was deeply in love with his wife, Jamie, and was busily planning their family and future in the beautiful home they had. As usual, after some autographs and banter, I was probably the first person in their bunk as we got ready for a big drive into Canada, and Cory and the rest of the guys were not far behind. As I fell into the slumber that only playing GWAR shows can induce, everything seemed right in the world.

"We found Cory the next morning as we collected passports for a border crossing. He was in his bunk, unresponsive, and it quickly was clear that he was dead. It was without a doubt the most horrible moment of my life. That's all I can say about it.

"Within moments everybody was off the bus, standing in a wind-swept parking lot in the middle of nowhere, trying to come to grips with the shock of it. First the ambulance arrived, and then the police, but there was nothing that could be done other than fully investigate the scene and remove Cory with care and respect.

"We are completely devastated and shocked beyond belief. One night we had our friend and colleague, happy and healthy in the middle of our best tour in years- and the next morning, so suddenly, he was gone. Never have I seen starker proof of the fragility of life.

"Cory will be transported home to Richmond over the next few days, and an announcement regarding services will be made soon. We ask everyone to respect the families wish for privacy, and especially to keep his wife, Jamie, in your thoughts and prayers.

"As we work our way through these difficult days the question is -- what will GWAR do? After a lot of consideration, we have decided to carry on with the tour. Although the great temptation would be to return home, curl into a fetal position, and mourn, we can't do that. First off, Cory wouldn't want that. He would want us to go on and would be pissed if we didn't. Plus we know the fans don't want us to quit. They are going to want a chance to come to grips with their loss, and there is no better place to do that than at a GWAR show. Though it's hard to believe, I think we all would feel a lot worse if we stopped. For better or worse we have to see this through.

"That doesn't mean that Cory will make his final journey without us. When the arrangements have been finalized, Cory's best friend and GWAR's music tech Dave "Gibby" Gibson, and myself will return home to attend the services and pay the proper respects to our comrade.

"Out of respect to Cory, we have officially retired the character of Flattus Maximus. Flattus has decided to return to his beloved "Planet Home", and will never return to this mudball planet again. And this is a sadder place for that.

"Just the other day I heard Cory tell a story about how some 20 years ago he was fourteen years old, at his first GWAR show, grabbing at the rubber feet of our then- current Flattus, and how blown away he was at the fact that now HE was the one getting his feet pulled by the same kid that he used to be. Cory was always in awe of the patterns of life and went through it with a wide-eyed amazement that translated through his playing. I've never known anyone who could pick up literally any instrument and rock it the first time he touched it, and more than that make it look easy. Behind that rubber monster outfit, and sometimes even obscured by it, was one of the most talented and beautiful people I have ever known. I know everyone who's life was touched by Cory truly loved him, as do we, his bandmates and brothers.

"There should be some kind of announcement soon regarding services, etc. It would be great to have a memorial show at some point soon, where some of the bands that Cory worked with could come together and show their love for this truly amazing man who left us all too soon and will be sorely missed by many, many people."

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

Major fvcking props to Cory by having Flattus retired. Respect!!!

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. ZMA writes:

It was actually touching to me reading that story. The dude lived his dream and became a member of Gwar. Not many can do that or handle it lol. I have mad respect for them retiring Flattus. That's special. No one will ever take that away from him. Gwar was in a small list of metal bands that broke me into the genre and I loved them. I think with Gwar you either love or hate them and I went with love. I'm glad I got to see him play a few times. They never disappointed. I hope they keep shovin' d!cks through skulls for another 25 years.
NP: Gwar - Let Us Slay

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 9:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Necrovomit writes:

was really a huge fan of cory, this article is really touching. he will be missed \m/ *_* \m/ rock on with dimebag and cliff, cory.

# Nov 4, 2011 @ 10:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. wilco writes:

rip and a safe return to your planet

# Nov 5, 2011 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Nev the Impaler writes:

As a long time friend and sometimes on stage foe of Oderous..and a huge fan of Gwar...I am truly saddened and weakened by your loss. Hopefully see you on Monday !

# Nov 5, 2011 @ 2:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. deathbringer writes:

Agree with you guys - it was a touching story. I've never followed Gwar closely, but reading this hit me harder than I expected. Can't imagine finding your friend dead for no apparent reason like that. I hope the tour is cathartic for the band and the fans.

# Nov 5, 2011 @ 6:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Netromancer writes:

Dave has always been the driving force behind GWAR. Only fitting that he is the one to speak to the fans and bid Cory farewell. Despite all the antics, make-up and theatricality, GWAR is an intelligent, satirical, and talented band. The image was always a gimmick. The music, at times, is genius. Great riffs, great lyrics, and an underlying message that alot of people miss. I'm just grateful that Cory had a chance to put his personal stamp on a band he loved. RIP Cory.

# Nov 6, 2011 @ 1:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ZMA writes:

Netro put it perfect. These guys aren't just immature a$$holes like some would think.

# Nov 6, 2011 @ 1:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. persecution mike writes:

Rip flattus.

# Nov 6, 2011 @ 6:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Kristy writes:

Thank you Dave.I am extremely moved...
*R.I.P Smoot...aka Flattus Maximus

# Nov 6, 2011 @ 6:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Kristy writes:

Thank you Dave.I am extremely moved...
*R.I.P Smoot...aka Flattus Maximus

# Nov 6, 2011 @ 6:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Al James writes:

though it (GWAR.) was never 'my bag.' an old friend of mine WAS massively into them when we were growing up, and i was exposed to a good deal of their business.
as so many have said already, i DO believe that was a lovely tribute to him, and i send all love and sympthies for Cory's loss to both his families - both to HIS family, and to the GWAR unit/family.
keep shredding up there, dood - dime, cliff, ronnie james et al - i'm think SUPER(star?) group.. ;- P
look down on us all with fondness?
peace out...
/al james.. xxx

# Nov 6, 2011 @ 10:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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