GWAR Frontman Oderus Urungus Reportedly Dead

Several sources claim that David Brockie has passed away.

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Several sources are today reporting that GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus (real name David Brockie) has died at the age of 50. According to Style Weekly (via Blabbermouth), police have confirmed that the 50-year-old musicians was found dead in his Richmond home by his roommate.

Former GWAR bassist Mike Bishop has issued the following statement about his bandmate:

"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known. He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art.

"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe also posted a tribute to Brockie via Instagram. GWAR and Lamb of God toured together in 2009:

"I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR- my friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old.

"I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home & his roommates found him. When someone dies, a lot of the time people will say 'Oh, he was a unique person, really one of a kind, a true original' - most of these people no idea of what they are talking about - they obviously had never met Dave. Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND - I can't think of ANYONE even remotely like him. That's VERY HARD TO SAY."

According to, GWAR's management will issue an official statement later today.

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    Shit.. He left to go beat the piss out of Fred Phelps.. RIP
    RIP David Brockie you were a crazy genius and brought a lot of fun, laughs and awesome metal music to A LOT of people!
    metalme31 a world where a lot of people always seemed to take things too seriously, Oderus Urungus aka Dave Brockie, always kept it interesting and creative. Whether it was a live show, the music, or just him ranting in interviews, his actions were always a breath of fresh air. This sucks on a lot of levels. R.I.P.
    He appeared on Viva La Bam once and first thing he said was "What a pleasure it if for you to meet me"....I still greet people with that line.
    I'm not a fan of GWAR but nearly any death is saddening, especially when they seemed to be fine a couple of weeks earlier. This shocked me as well... a month or so ago he was cuting off the head of someone and the Queen's chest... now he's kicked the bucket. RIP Oderus, if he really is dead. If not, bad joke...
    WHAAAAATTTTT!!!!!????? "Ruined" wouldn't even begin to describe my day if this turns out to be true.
    I'm not so sure, it IS him and April fools is a week away, I hope we see the headline "David Brockie Not Dead After All" next tuesday. I mean, he is more than capable of staging his own funeral for kicks so I really hope he's alive.
    It has been confirmed by GWAR;s manager and the local police. Goodnight, sweet prince.
    I might believe that the manager would be in on it, but not the police. Not even Oderus Urungus would be accepted using police like that. Rest in peace, David Brockie. Long live the king of modern comedic shock-rock.
    Techno Destructo finally got his revenge on gwar I only wish I could have seen their final battle. RIP Dave. The scene aint gonna be the same without you.
    As a resident of the fine city of Richmond, Va, I'm pretty bummed to hear this news. No more GWAR-B-Qs If this news is true, we'll all have David Brockie and many others to thank for laying the groundwork for the amazing music scene here in Richmond, VA. Richmond is starting to heat up, and GWAR played a huge part in that. Upcoming bands like Windhand, Cough, Inter Arma, and even a non-metal act like Avers have GWAR and many others to thank for building the music scene we're all lucky to be a part of here in RVA. I know that if I ever make something of my music, I will, without shame, thank GWAR for helping make this wonderful what it is today. Everybody from Richmond is proud to say that they are, and that's something special that wouldn't have been possible without the metal scene here. Thank you David Brockie and may you rest in peace!
    R.I.P Dave, I will never forget you reading "Goodnight Moon" very explicitly.
    Damn this sucks. Just saw GWAR live last month and i don't think i've laughed that hard ever while watching a band.
    My best memories are from when I moved out of my folks place. Money was tight, my car was old, rusty and beat up but the CD player and sole speaker played GWAR continuously. RIP to another musician who made those simpler times memorable.
    And to think I only just saw him a month ago at Soundwave.. completely shocked. Will never forget watching him decapitate Tony Abbott. RIP
    ...and don't forget the stomping of the royal baby and slicing off the queens tits. true showmanship right there, what a legend!! RIP
    jpnyc · Mar 24, 2014 11:26 AM
    It was always fun watching people freak out over things he said, RIP Oderus, thanks for the laughs. My thoughts are with the Cuttlefish of Cthulu.
    How do you hide money from a hippy, put it under the soap! Scumdogs the very first time I heard GWAR. rip
    Hell, the guy was only 50. I wonder what ended his life so abruptly. Anyway... personally, I don't really care about Gwar, but RIP.
    If David Draiman turns up dead in the next couple of weeks we'll have our answer... Phelps Tweets, anyone?
    dude if Draiman dies, I'm joining that Westboro church, and saving my life.....On a serious note...**** them *******s, and this is shitty luck. An ill afforded blow, to the already dwindling number of talented artists and performers out there.
    $50 on drug related incident
    You know, that's what everyone said about David Williams of Drowning Pool. While you may be right....Who cares. Everyone has their problems. It does not take away the fact they may have been an otherwise amazing person, and will be missed when their gone.
    we've lost flattimus and now him this blows saw them at bloodstock a few years ago. funny ass show
    This has totally ruined my day. He was a fantastic performer and always spoke his mind and heart, no matter if it offended anyone. Oderus and the gang put on a fantastic show in October. I am going to miss you, man
    Does anyone find it weird that this happened a few days after be bashed that Westboro dick's death...
    R.I.P Oderus! very happy that i got to see you guys at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis and at Bonnaroo. lol Those hippies didnt know what hit them! thanks for the entertainment and awesome music. Now go beat the shit out of fred phelps!!!!
    Only saw him a month ago at Soundwave.So sad to know now that it would be one of his last performances
    well that sucks if true, say what you want about GWAR, but band's like that are needed in metal and they were'nt affraid to get poltical and do a bit of shock rock!.
    I'm along with everyone saying I hope this is a hoax, with April fools coming and all. At the same time, if a hoax, I would say very poor taste. In any case, RIP Oderus
    For Oderus, (if it's a hoax) this would be one of the most-tasteful things he's ever done. Remember, this is Oderus Urungus we're talking about. Then again, this story is about "David Brockie", not "Oderus Urungus", so it isn't in character. I just hope we didn't lose this wonderful, funny, awesome, irreplaceable guy!
    Seen more on it, and doubtful for any hopes it's a hoax. This man was a great performer. I had to the pleasure of seeing GWAR twice, and it was amzing each time. Even with all the stage antics, my favorite moment was of a serious moment of the show. They ended with the Road Behind, dedicated to their late guitarist, and Mitch Lucker.....It sounded amzing.
    WTF, that sucks. I met Dave (I guess I should say Oderus Urungus) at a couple shows. Really cool ass dude. RIP
    TheMysticBard · Mar 24, 2014 09:16 PM
    It feels like too many musicians have died in pretty short time. Never listened much GWAR but it's still very sad news. Rest in Peace man.
    At least I saw GWAR 7 times over the last 7 years. I met Dave backstage the first time I saw them. Such a humble human being. You will be truly missed
    I wore my gwar shirt yesterday and was humming their tunes while working. I get home to find this out and I am hoping it is a hoax. Find out it's real. Get home from my other job and just sit at my comp and listen to gwar songs and it starts to sink in how much this hurts. I know he insulted dave mustaine a lot and I really hope that dave is not thinking his biggest critic is finally gone and that he will be able to release records without them being trampled on. You may not have to listen to brockie criticize you anymore but you got the gwar fans to insult your records plenty until you die mustaine. I am sure that if you rejoice in your shows that brockie is gone, I bet a gwar fan would be more than happy to pull a dimebag on you and I don't think anyone would blame him. On that note RIP Oderus. I am not ready for gwar to be done. They need to get another singer and keep with the bloody shows. The voice may not be there but the other musicians are and so is the fluids. Take a break and continue. Smoot's death didn't stop you. Don't let Brockie's death be the end of the bloodbath. I believe in GWAR!!!
    Dude I love GWAR too, but dude you need a padded room if you really have thoughts like this. Please check yourself in. As for Mustaine, whether he like Oderus or not, I really doubt he is rejoicing in human death.
    You need a shrink if you think it's ok for someone to " pull a dime" as you called it on anybody and that is one ****ed up comment. Criticize people all you want but do not encourage that type of BS.
    Kinda funny actually after he mocked the Westboro pastor just a few days ago. Not defending the Westboro pastor...but this is just too ironic.
    The irony is your misunderstanding of irony.
    Ah, yet another IsItIronic dot com gestapo. You guys are all over the place. If it doesn't fit your very narrow definition of the word, it doesn't work for you, eh? You're so cool, man. Most certainly speaking of something about another person, and the OPPOSITE happens and comes back on you can fit (maybe loosely) the broad meaning of the word. Whether the same thing happening to you is the opposite can be debated. But what cannot be debated is that you have been dismissed.
    Mud Martian
    If everyone just made up their own meanings to words, nobody would be able to communicate effectively. Kind of... like... things actually are...