This morning, Cory Smoot, the lead guitarist for the sci-fi/fantasy metal band GWAR who played the role of character Flattus Maximus, was found dead by his bandmates. His age is unknown.
The band was preparing to cross the border into Canada to play shows in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver over the weekend when Smoot’s body was discovered. As of now, the official cause of death has yet to be determined.
Smoot had served as Flattus Maximus since 2002, longer than any member in Gwar’s history, leading many fans to consider him the “true” Flattus Maximus. Also a talented producer, Smoot helped record the band’s album War Party and co-produced albums Beyond Hell and Lust in Space.
GWAR vocalist and leader Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) released an official statement to MetalSucks regarding Smoot’s sudden death lamenting his loss:
... At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR’s current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him.