Dave Brockie, known to fans as Oderus Urungus of the metal band GWAR, was found dead in his Richmond, Virginia home by a band mate on Sunday night. According to a spokeswoman for the Richmond Police, a call was made just before 7 PM "for a report of a deceased individual." So far there has been no reason to suspect foul play was involved and the Medical Examiner's Office is planning to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Former bassist for the group Mike Bishop spoke to Style Weekly about the kind of person he was. "Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known. 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. His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."
Other metal and rock musicians have taken to various social media sites throughout the day, expressing sadness and shock over the loss of their friend and peer. Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe said "I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR. My friend Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building and taken off back to his home planet....Dave truly was one of-a-kind. I can't think of anyone even remotely like him. That's very hard to say.
Five Finger Death Punch Bassist Chris Kael wrote "We had the privilege of playing with GWAR just one month ago at Soundwave festival in Australia. Dave was always right there on the side of the stage...As he entertained us in life, may his death remind us that life is short...R.I.P. Dave Brockie — Oderus Urungus."
Metal band Emmure issued a statement saying "We are deeply saddened by the news of our fellow comrade passing away." Dave was an admired individual among us. He spoke highly of Emmure and whether he knew it or not, we were very passionate about him as well. R.I.P., Oderus Urungus. GWAR FOREVER."
Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed tweeted earlier today "Dave Brockie R.I.P. ! Gone too soon! Talk about a genius/madman/artist/intellectual/crazy f*****/nice guy etc!!"
Notably, Brockie is not the first member of GWAR to pass away at a relatively young age. Guitarist Cory Smoot a.k.a Flattus Maximus died from a heart attack at only 34 years old in November 2011.
Manager Jack Flanagan noted in his statement that "more information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."