Source: GWAR frontman Dave Brockie’s death investigated as drug-related

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) –Local music legend Dave Brockie, frontman for GWAR, was found dead on a sofa in his North Richmond home Sunday evening. A roommate found the 50-year-old singer and artist and called for help.

According to law enforcement sources, based on evidence gathered at the house, Brockie’s death is being investigated as drug-related.

The state Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

A key part of that determination will be a toxicology report, which can take six weeks or more to process.

One of GWAR’s previous guitarists, Cory Smoot, died suddenly while on tour in November 2011. The North Dakota medical examiner later determined the 34-year-old died from heart failure due to pre-existing coronary artery disease.

Founded in the 1980s by Brockie and fellow VCU art students, GWAR gained international fame for its brand of heavy metal music and outrageous stage show.

GWAR was nominated for the Best Long Form Music Video Grammy award in 1993, but lost to Annie Lennox. GWAR was nominated for Best Metal Performance in 1995, but lost to Nine Inch Nails.

Brockie, who performed under the stage name Oderus Urungus, also appeared as a contributor on Fox News Channel.

 

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53 comments

    • Mike Hunt

      Thanks for taking the time to post such an intelligent comment. Surely, none of your favorite artists or singer have ever done drugs or drank alcohol to excess. Does anyone follow you or care about anything you do with your most excellent life, Cindy?

      And how many records have you sold? Sell out any concerts recently? No? Then keep your cakehole shut.

      • joe hardy

        ……..just keep in mind that insulting accident victims, the recently deceased and making snide comments to those who she doesn’t know is a daily occurrence for Cindy…..apparently it gives ‘meaning’ to her life………the really sad part is how she claims to be such a high and mighty christian woman

      • Till Ascent

        how many albums have you sold? He sold albums to losers like you, sure the world is full of crackheads and a few of them have jobs and can buy albums. that is not a sign of anything, popularity is something Brockie worked very hard at, He really had very little musical talent so he made up for that with gimmicks and costumes. He is getting his pineapple at noon in hell.

    • come on! (@beboptango)

      “I have never turned my back on those who are physically and/or mentally challenged, but seeing others turn their heads and ignore those in need hurts my heart. It isn’t our right to judge people……God doesn’t like ugly!” – cindy the hypocrite

    • joseph

      you are a worthless person cindy.worthless.and nobody loves you half as much as dave was loved.your a complete waste as a person.horrible people should die instead of brilliant funny people that are actually liked.

    • Eric Wells

      We all have struggles with demons in our lives and sometimes they do win and take our lives and I know that first hand as well. I have dealt and am still dealing with addiction to opiates but am overcoming it due to Suboxone.

      Yes, people followed Dave. They loved his band, they loved his art that he created and they loved Gwar and not to mention all the other bands that he had created or has been in. Not everyone who listens to Gwar or even the DBX is a druggie, so while your comment is a bit snide and out of place, due to his passing, I would hope that you would view it as such.

      I have grown up listening to Gwar and many other groups and while some of their lead singers have fallen due to drug addiction, not all have. Gwar has been around for over 25 years and despite their crass, offensive, harsh, outlandish lyrics and stage show – yes, that is what made them special and despite all that, they were nominated for a Grammy twice and have been a metal force to be reckoned with since 1988.

      In regards to the other posters on here stating that you are a high and mighty Christian, well, that type of righteousness will never win out in the end. While Dave may have not even believed in a god, or even in Jesus, etc, that doesnt negate the fact that is death is tragic and millions of people are saddened and shocked by his passing.

      So instead of jumping on the lets hate Dave now because he is dead train, sit back and allow his family, friends, bandmates, and fans remember and keep his memory alive.

      Long live Oderus! Hail to Oderus! RIP Dave Brockie. We are gonna miss you and Gwar wont be the same again and may you also reunite with Corey on the other side and finally be at peace

      Eric

    • steve

      Gee, did anyone listen to Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson or Elvis? Did anyone watch movies with Philip S. Hoffman, John Belushi or Chris Farley?

  • Kathryn Leighton

    I mean, did anyone think it was something else? A member of a band who creates this kind of show, dying at 50 years old? I’m sure he was a nice guy, but he kind of did it to himself.

    • Pat N.

      Kathryn, it saddens me that you automatically assume that because he was a heavy metal musician, who are often already looked down upon and that to be nothing but evil, demonic, drug heads, that just because they are looking into his death as drug related, and all other avenues I’m sure, you automatically assume that he DID die due to drugs.

      Last year, GWAR guitarist Correy Smoot passed away. He was found dead on the tour bus, and based on the stereotype of rock and roll musicians everyone immediately thought he died of a drug overdose. You know what the autopsy said he died from? Not drugs, but a long term heart condition that he had been battling with. I get that it’s easy to rationalize the situation and just shrug it off by automatically assuming it’s drug related.

      I urge you, however, to instead of looking down on the situation and responding to the effect of “This should serve as a lesson, he gets what he deserves for all the evil things he did.” Rather, take a look at the underlying message in all of his performances. It’s ok, to be who you are. This is often a theme a lot of metal musicians use and try to convey, often times using metaphors, because as fans of the music we are often outcast and ridiculed for the type of music we like to listen to, because it’s different from the norm.

      Finally, I hope that you make a drastic change in the way you look at this death and others that will inevitably happen over the years. If it does actually end up being drug related, instead of the “he got what he deserved for doing drugs” mentality. Feel sorry for him and his family, as this was probably a problem he battled with for a long time and how it may have affected his family and friends.

      • Andy

        Pat, Cory was found with drug paraphernalia on his person. Anyone who thinks drug use did not contribute to his death is being naive. As sad as this is, there is a reason the stereotype of musicians with drug and alcohol problems exists. I’m a recovering addict and the first thing that went through my mind when I heard about Dave was “overdose.” I hope I’m wrong.

    • athynz

      Ah yes, the voice of “wisdom and intelligence” Kathryn once again regales us with her special brand of insight. Yup just because he was a rock star means he was a drug addict. Perhaps you should take YOUR OWN ADVICE and wait for the results of the autopsy.

      • athynz

        Oh wait – I was wrong. Such a concept as waiting for proof prior to forming an opinion and shooting one’s mouth off about it does not apply to you Kathryn. I scrolled through a reply you made a bit quickly and mistakenly attributed a bit of common sense advice to you. My apologies for that I should know by now that you and common sense have no real acquiantance.

    • Till Ascent

      He was a raging drug addict, back stabber and self-centered sociopath. He was not a good person. The people who talk highly of him only knew him as a fan,which is just feeding this fool’s ego. A talentless loser who was admired by other losers. Even a dog can shake hands, that does not make him a nice person.

      • brian

        “He was a raging drug addict, back stabber and self-centered sociopath. He was not a good person.” – Well, Tim.. you couldn’t be much further from the truth. He was no where close to a drug addict, was an incredibly loyal friend and anyone calling Dave self centered obviously never knew him. Dave was about as 180 degrees from that statement as you can get… and yes, this is coming from someone who knew him personally.

      • JJ Jackson

        You sound like a jealous person. Did GWAR not want to do an interview for you fanzine? You sound like such a tool, especially since you never mention how you received your information about them.

  • Everybody's a genius

    Nobody’s perfect,it’s sad that most have a desire to focus on the bad,rather the good of a person,no matter how he died have some respect for his family and friends and let them grieve in peace.

  • mIKE

    It is being investigated as a drug death AS STATED BY A SOURCE. That does NOT MEAN IT WAS DRUG RELATED. Right now it’s nothing more than a sensationalized headline.

    Why don’t YOU STFU and wait for the toxicology test results before you can claim that anyone who shows a bit of creativity or diverges from the norm is obviously “on drugs”.

    Maybe he was high on chocolate chip cookies and milk. Fact is you don’t know.

    • Kathryn Leighton

      I think you’re being a little naive. And people who are considered “creative or diverging from the norm”, today ARE the norm. It IS the trend. Everyone wants to be a rebel, or edgy today. It’s a little sad what people will do for attention. A generation of people with too much free time, I guess.

      • mIKE

        What is today exactly? What (which) generation? Should artists stop being provocative for fear of being attention whores?

        How is waiting for the facts “naive”? You don’t know.

      • Kathryn Leighton

        Donald Lyles, what are you, 9 years old? You don’t like someone’s opinion so your response is “Oh yea?? Well you’re STUPID!!!”.
        Good one kid…

        Mike, “today” is right now. Also, no one should stop acting the way they do. My point is people like you constantly post on here with your condescending comments and questions claiming to be “different”. When really, you are as trendy as they come.

        Lastly, the definition of “naive” according to merriam-webster is
        “deficient in worldly wisdom or informed judgment”. Before you write condescending comments on here, you should probably read a book. Or think about it for a day, then post. When I said that you are “naive”, I was indicating that you are overlooking worldly wisdom in the hope that the end result will defend your opinions. Then you are criticizing people who are not as inexperienced as yourself, stating that they should wait for the test results.
        “Pull your head out of the sand and open your eyes”. Would be my recommendation.

      • Donald Lyles

        Thank you, you just confirmed my opinion of you. Yes, I am 9 years old. P.S. Learn how and when to use quotation marks, it won’t make you sound as “stupid”.

      • Matt

        That’s ridiculous. 90% of the people in society today are NOT creative, interesting, edgy or anything. They go to work, come home and watch TV. It sounds to me like you’re jealous of interesting people who actually do meaningful things with their lives.

        There is no evidence thus far that Dave’s death had anything to do with drugs. This stupid news source is just playing that angle to sensationalize it.

      • athynz

        Indeed – some people will come onto an online news forum and support ballparks in the Bottom and call anyone who disagrees with them hipsters and unintelligent.

      • Imogen

        Says the idiot with nothing better to do with her time than criticize others on the internet.

        The irony is priceless.

      • Kathryn Leighton

        It’s funny. You have people like Donald Lyles who comes on these sites, calls anyone who he disagrees with “stupid”, then after they educate him on how he sounds like a 9 year old he pretends to correct their grammar or punctuation on a website comment board. I guess so he can feel educated. He is likely the typical regular on here. Sitting home on the couch covered in potato chip crumbs. Yelling for his mom to pick up some more snacks at the store. Just works some “jobby job” 3 times a week waiting tables or something to pay for his pot and video game collections. Whatever his parents don’t still pay for.
        Then they pretend that this “creative” hipster trend they have going doesn’t make up a large portion of the population. When they are actually a member of the trendiest population in the country.
        But oh no, you’re a “rebel”. lol No, really you are just a member of a large group of Americans who are trying to make being a loser “Cool”. You make fun of successful people and claim that it’s not your fault how your life turned out. But in a few years when your parents can not take care of you any more, you will realize the bad decisions you made. Only it will be too late. See, you are the reason there is a Welfare program.

        One thing the internet does today is give losers a voice. The people who used to sit at home demanding things from their parents even after they are in their 30’s can now pretend to be someone. I guess it doesn’t matter in the long run. Winners will always run things, while losers will always complain about their hand. You thing this guy from GWAR is one of you, but he’s not. He exploited people like you and lived a good life off of it.

      • athynz

        Kathyrn says: “It’s funny. You have people like Donald Lyles who comes on these sites, calls anyone who he disagrees with “stupid”, then after they educate him on how he sounds like a 9 year old he pretends to correct their grammar or punctuation on a website comment board.”

        And that is different from: “Sitting home on the couch covered in potato chip crumbs. Yelling for his mom to pick up some more snacks at the store. Just works some “jobby job” 3 times a week waiting tables or something to pay for his pot and video game collections. Whatever his parents don’t still pay for.
        Then they pretend that this “creative” hipster trend they have going doesn’t make up a large portion of the population. When they are actually a member of the trendiest population in the country.”?

        Grow up Kathryn.

        Oh, and while this: “One thing the internet does today is give losers a voice.” is true what is ironic about it is that YOU said it. The internet does indeed give losers a voice.

        Drops the mike.

    • Alix Bryan

      Well, it was also first attributed to only sources when he died, and the news was true.

      And in that situation that wasn’t law enforcement officers who talked to people at the scene, as is with this info. This article plays it safe, based on what was revealed. We also didn’t use the word overdose. Just because evidence leads to a drug related death investigation doesn’t mean it was an overdose.

      I say all this as a person who has seen our station consistently be one of the few stations that cover Lamb of God and GWAR information as in depth as we do.

      Many people are sad, and hurting over the news of Dave Brockie’s death. People at this news station even. But journalists don’t just stop reporting facts because some people will disapprove. It is relevant. We would also report if NO drugs were involved. We don’t post “source” info until we know for certain we can count on it.

    • Till Ascent

      He od’ed exactly like Smoot as reported by Huffington Post. The state medical examiner said Smoot, who had performed since 2002 under the name “Flattus Maximus,” died of “coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.” But records showed that investigators found on Smoot a $5 bill with a white powder residue, a prescription bottle holding eight Oxycodone-Acetaminophen pills, a lighter and two empty syringes.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/24/dave-brockie-dead-dies_n_5021520.html

      • JJ Jackson

        Give it up already, Troll. Go back to youtube & troll GWAR videos some more, since that is all you do with your petty little life. You are so jealous that it isn’t funny, since all you do is try to troll GWAR articles & videos. Go get a life & actually create something, instead of pretending to be a former member of the Slave Pit.

  • Steven B. Vogt

    Yes, never mind that Dave had a congenital heart defect and we should wait for the tox report before passing judgement. Of course the news media in staunchly Republican Richmond are gonna pump the drug angle to satisfy the presumed moral superiority of their self-righteous viewership.

  • Trashy Basura

    It doesn’t matter how any of us reach our final destination. Dead is dead whether from natural or unnatural causes. It’s what we have done in our lives between that first breath and last one that matters most.
    Dave accomplished many things in his life. He contributed to society in art and music. Traveled the world doing what he loved and made many friends along the way.
    Everyone reading this has their own opinion about the man, for good or bad. Don’t forget that his family and friends are reading this as well. You can’t hurt him with your words, but you can surely hurt those that loved him.

    • Imogen

      Condolences on your loss. And apologies for having to see the worst of our city. Just know that Dave was loved and adored by many, as are the rest of GWAR.

    • S. Finberg

      Chuck, my deepest condolences. Whatever one may have thought about Dave’s artistic and musical expressions, it cannot be argued that he did not only bring happiness to many many people around the world through his work, but (to address the conservative folks’ perspective), “create jobs” by allowing numerous (Richmond) folks to make a living for many decades providing something of value to millions by being the prime mover of a phenomenon that was in great part based around his passion, drive, and work ethic. He had a brilliant mind, a generous heart, and a tremendously unique creative talent. He will be missed. May he rest well. -S. Finberg (Richmond 1985-95).

  • Raquel G.

    He is loved my many and hated by those that don’t matter. <3 you Dave, your music touched my heart and gave me a place to go when I was lost and scared. I could laugh when my life was sh** as a young girl growin up in Houston with so many problems. Thank you for takin me to that special place with your awesome imagination. You will be greatly missed.

  • Till Ascent

    SMOOT died of drugs, does GWAR have a grip on the local media so they won;t tell anyone the truth. There has never in Richmond been a bigger pack of liars than Brockie and his entourage of losers and drug addicts. Huffington Post- “The state medical examiner said Smoot, who had performed since 2002 under the name “Flattus Maximus,” died of “coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.” But records showed that investigators found on Smoot a $5 bill with a white powder residue, a prescription bottle holding eight Oxycodone-Acetaminophen pills, a lighter and two empty syringes.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/24/dave-brockie-dead-dies_n_5021520.html

  • Chuck Hazlett

    Dave Brockie was a magical man. I lived in Richmond between semesters over 20 years ago. I’d been listening to GWAR since high school, so my discovery that local shows were on the docket was a godsend.

    I forget the name of the club, but I recall that it was a converted theater or converted warehouse. The element that stands out for me, was that the shows attracted people from well outside the expected GWAR fan base.

    I met a bunch of law firm associates, from a couple of different firms, in their office duds, there with their juniors. I met a group of younger doctors who’d headed to the show straight from their practice. I recall a few groups of well-dressed matronly middle-aged ladies in the upper balcony, there with their businessman husbands, thoroughly getting on board with the whole “blasted with streams of staged bodily fluids” element of a GWAR show.

    GWAR, being the local-boys-done-good, attracted an amount of positive attention and interest from people outside the circle and that I did not expect, but was pleased to see.

    I also recall Dave and another GWAR bandmate interviewing on a local news or public interest show. In full costume, of course. The interview was intelligent and cordial, and based upon the familiarity demonstrated by the interviewer, this was not an uncommon event.

    Dave created something unique, and the entertainment value carries beyond the usual listener base for this sort of genre.

    Heh – the music even caught the attention of my 3 y/o son (no videos, mind you) a few weeks back. I found him bouncing around the room to Salaminizer, quickly turned it off, and then when he commenced a-howling in protest, turned it back on and told him, “Pipe down and listen to your GWAR.”

  • old school girl

    *sigh*
    I started at VCU in Fall ’84, knew all those folks & worked in a few places around VCU while I was in school. I can see that based on some of these posts, my decision to leave Richmond in ’89 was, although hard to do, a good one for me. Still the same bitching & moaning going on…and it’s sad.
    R.I.P. Dave.

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