GWAR Frontman Oderus Urungus Reportedly Dead

Several sources claim that David Brockie has passed away.

GWAR Frontman Oderus Urungus Reportedly Dead
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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 theMusic.com.au, GWAR's management will issue an official statement later today.

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    Everlong729
    Shit.. He left to go beat the piss out of Fred Phelps.. RIP
    Abacus11
    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
    ...in 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.
    iammclovin
    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.
    metalme31
    WHAT????
    MetalRock4ever
    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...
    sideslick
    WHAAAAATTTTT!!!!!????? "Ruined" wouldn't even begin to describe my day if this turns out to be true.
    DickHardwood
    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.
    JSmith38
    It has been confirmed by GWAR;s manager and the local police. Goodnight, sweet prince.
    sideslick
    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.
    tric565
    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.
    SkinnyWhiteBoy
    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!
    Fatewhip
    R.I.P Dave, I will never forget you reading "Goodnight Moon" very explicitly.
    metallica_102
    Damn this sucks. Just saw GWAR live last month and i don't think i've laughed that hard ever while watching a band.
    nailsarecruel
    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.
    Shreddaboi12
    And to think I only just saw him a month ago at Soundwave.. completely shocked. Will never forget watching him decapitate Tony Abbott. RIP
    dan0z
    ...and don't forget the stomping of the royal baby and slicing off the queens tits. true showmanship right there, what a legend!! RIP
    iammclovin
    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.
    Ikillintel
    How do you hide money from a hippy, put it under the soap! Scumdogs the very first time I heard GWAR. rip
    iommi600
    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.
    Benjumanji
    If David Draiman turns up dead in the next couple of weeks we'll have our answer... Phelps Tweets, anyone?
    kramer242
    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.
    ahlstromitune
    $50 on drug related incident
    kramer242
    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.
    megaslaythrax
    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
    benjixoath
    we've lost flattimus and now him this blows saw them at bloodstock a few years ago. funny ass show
    JTDP
    Does anyone find it weird that this happened a few days after be bashed that Westboro dick's death...