R.I.P. GWAR’s Dave Brockie

By Dr. Know on March 24th, 2014

GWAR frontman Dave Brockie was found dead in his Richmond, Virginia home yesterday. He was only 50.

At approximately 6:53 p.m. on Sunday, Richmond Police were called to a residence in the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue following up on a report of a deceased individual. When officers arrived, they found Brockie’s body deceased inside the home. Detectives do not suspect foul play at this time and the Medical Examiner’s Office still has to determine cause of death.

GWAR‘s manager, Jack Flanagan, has released the following statement:

“It is with a saddened heart that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR, passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his bandmate at his home in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

“My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family.

“More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

GWAR is well known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film-inspired costumes, obscene and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally themes. They contributed music to a variety of films including Mystery Date, Empire Records and the TV show Holliston.

Brockie is not the first member of GWAR to die at an early age. GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, who played the character of Flattus Maximus for over ten years, died of a heart attack on the band’s tour bus on November 3, 2011. He was only 34 years old.

GWAR‘s latest album, Battle Maximus, sold around 3,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 109 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD — the band’s first full-length studio effort since the loss of Flattus Maximus — was issued on September 17, 2013 on Metal Blade Records.