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.