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Gwar guitarist found dead

Thursday, November 3, 2011 3:22 PM PT

Our friends at MetalSucks are reporting that Gwar lead guitarist Cory Smoot (Flattus Maximus) has passed away. Smoot was apparently found this morning as the band prepared to cross the Canadian border (they are on tour with Every Time I Die). MetalSucks posted the following statement from Gwar ringleader Dave Brockie:

"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time 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."

Update: This morning (11/4) Yahoo.com had the story as one of their homepage (perhaps the most heavily trafficked web page in the world) headlines. You can view their report here.


11/3/2011 3:23:24 PM
Good night, sweet Flattus.

11/3/2011 3:25:55 PM
shit band

11/3/2011 3:26:23 PM
Costume flip

11/3/2011 3:26:40 PM
dayman fcking edgy as shit

11/3/2011 3:27:26 PM
life a go go

11/3/2011 3:28:22 PM
sup dayman

11/3/2011 3:28:24 PM
Bury him in the costume.

11/3/2011 3:29:19 PM
fake blood everywhere

11/3/2011 3:36:32 PM
Hey y'all good morning

11/3/2011 3:38:07 PM
Beavis and butthead are not stoked

11/3/2011 3:38:55 PM
Are we just going to ignore the fact that a member of GWAR asked for prayers?

11/3/2011 3:40:22 PM
someone poisoned his meat sandwich.

11/3/2011 3:41:16 PM
fck dude. I just saw them last night. Crazy.

11/3/2011 3:41:58 PM
I can't imagine being on tour and finding one of my band members dead. I'd be devastated.

11/3/2011 3:44:19 PM
Will def say a prayer for him tonight at my youth group meeting, still hoping to catch them on this tour though.

11/3/2011 3:45:31 PM
Shitty news.

11/3/2011 3:47:45 PM
Detroit swallowed him. RIP man.

11/3/2011 3:47:45 PM
17th post, 1st RIP

11/3/2011 4:23:00 PM
Seriously bummed about this RIP

11/3/2011 4:24:26 PM
:( So sad. Glad I saw them last week.

11/3/2011 4:26:04 PM
so f*kken glad I threw my panties on stage with Gwar themed VLINGlets attached

11/3/2011 4:31:31 PM
maybe he was beheaded?

11/3/2011 5:05:13 PM

11/3/2011 5:05:22 PM
I_atemylamb 11/3/2011 3:38:55 PM Are we just going to ignore the fact that a member of GWAR asked for prayers? You mean they're not really aliens or monsters or whatever?!?!?!?!? Moron...

11/3/2011 6:12:38 PM
Awful band

11/3/2011 6:54:20 PM
this is kinda out of left field. will be missed. rip

11/3/2011 6:57:42 PM
not a fan of the band, but seriously shitty news. RIP

11/3/2011 6:59:15 PM
This is the gwarst news I've heard all day

11/3/2011 7:11:51 PM
Badass guitar player. RIP Flattus :( I WILL CRUSH YOUR ANTI CHRIST

11/3/2011 7:57:59 PM
One of my favorite bands. That really sucks. RIP Flattus.

11/3/2011 8:18:46 PM
Wow! Unexpected. Sad...

11/3/2011 8:20:06 PM
That's such sad news, I just saw him play here in STL. RIP Cory, you will be missed by many!

11/3/2011 8:44:33 PM
I love the disrespectful scene gays. Unless the band is full of aspiring wiggers, the band can't be good. I wish all of you never heard heavy music and still wore bed sheets

11/3/2011 9:27:30 PM
shitty was hoping to see them in Toronto....rip...

11/3/2011 9:45:32 PM
never got to see them....so unbelievably bummed RIP

11/3/2011 10:07:39 PM
Gwar is stoked. Glad I saw them a year ago.

11/3/2011 10:26:02 PM
sure is a bunch of comedians in here. durrrr making fun of dead people online durrrrr

11/3/2011 10:30:26 PM
how long until they're killing him onstage?

11/3/2011 11:51:25 PM
^ Har Har just obliterated all of your comments with this one-liner alone. Also, really sucks. RIP DUDE.

11/4/2011 1:22:09 AM
This statement is a hoax...he actually got killed by a chainsaw weilding monster on the Jimmy Fallon show the other night, I saw it happen.

11/4/2011 11:14:26 AM
To which space demon should we direct our prayers?

11/4/2011 12:40:32 PM
I feel worst of all for Ben Orum, he's going to be crushed.

11/4/2011 2:09:11 PM
that is a bumout. doesnt matter how silly and gay the show were, gotta feel bad for those guys. on tour just made it worse

11/5/2011 3:51:36 AM
RIP. I never was into GWAR's music but people forget that no matter what subgenre of metal you're into the most, we're all a part of the big metal family, the disrespecting makes you look like an idiot

11/6/2011 2:14:21 PM
Best news all week.