It's official now: David Brockie
a.k.a. Oderus Urungus
, the frontman of GWAR
, passed away at the age of 50.
The news showed up yesterday, but they were neither confirmed nor disproved until now. Now, Jack Flanagan
, manager of GWAR, has issued a statement via official website
."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 PM EST Sunday March 23, 2014,"
reads the statement. "His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. 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 band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."
Speaking to local paper Times Dispatch
), Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh
said officers were called to a residence in the 4800 block of the city's West Seminary Avenue at 6.53pm on Sunday for a report of a dead person. They found Brockie dead inside.
Waugh reports that detectives do not suspect foul play at this time. Brockie's body has been sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
TMZ reports that Brockie's was found sitting upright in a chair, and that no drugs were found, according to their source. Another unnamed law enforcement source is reported as saying that suicide is not suspected and no note was found.