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GWAR Lead Singer Dave Brockie Found Dead in Richmond

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Dave Brockie, the lead singer of Richmond-based heavy metal band GWAR, was found dead on Sunday evening. Dave Brockie, the lead singer of Richmond-based heavy metal band GWAR, was found dead on Sunday evening.
Richmond Police were called to a residence on the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue around 6:53 p.m. on March 23 for a report of a deceased individual. Officers arrived on scene to find 50-year-old Brockie, also known as “Oderus Urungus,” dead. Richmond Police were called to a residence on the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue around 6:53 p.m. on March 23 for a report of a deceased individual. Officers arrived on scene to find 50-year-old Brockie, also known as “Oderus Urungus,” dead.
RICHMOND (WRIC)—Dave Brockie, the lead singer of Richmond-based heavy metal band GWAR, was found dead on Sunday evening.

Richmond Police were called to a residence on the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue around 6:53 p.m. on March 23 for a report of a deceased individual. Officers arrived on scene to find 50-year-old Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, dead.

According to Dionne Waugh, a public information officer for the Richmond Police Department, foul play is not suspected in Brockie’s death. The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause of death.

Brockie's death sent shockwaves through the music community.
 
Bob Schick met Brockie back in the 80's before he started the band.

 "It was just like a very funny art project and I think it was I think it probably was an art project at the time," he says. "And it was just these guys that had the same sense of humor, put on these funny costumes and played music.  They put out a number of records over the years… they became more and more popular… Became more outrageous and just really funny.

GWAR's manager Jack Flanagan released a statement, saying in part "It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family."

GWAR, established at Virginia Commonwealth University in the ‘80s, is known for its horrific, fantastical costumes, obscene lyrics and bizarre performances. According to the group’s MySpace page, GWAR was formed “as an experiment in marketing strategy by several musicians, art students, and dancers.” GWAR albums boast colorful titles, including “America Must Be Destroyed,” “Carnival of Chaos,” “We Kill Everything,” “War Party,” “This Toilet Earth” and “Scumdogs of the Universe.”

The band has received two Grammy nominations in its history: Best Long Form Music Video in 1993 for “Phallus in Wonderland” and Best Metal Performance in 1995 for “S.F.W.” GWAR lost to Annie Lennox and Nine Inch Nails, respectively.

GWAR lead guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead on a tour bus in 2011.


Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond


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