On Nov. 3, we reported that Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus, the lead guitarist of the sci-fi/fantasy metal band GWAR, had died while the band was on tour, preparing to enter Manitoba, Canada from North Dakota. Now the official cause of his death has been revealed.
According to the Associated Press, Smoot, who was 34, died of a heart condition. More specifically, North Dakota state medical examiner Dr. William Massello III ruled the cause of death to be “coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.” His pre-existing heart condition caused his blood to clot in places, which resulted in a heart attack.
Furthermore, reports indicate that a drug screen performed during Smoot’s autopsy detected the presence of opiates and cocaine in his system. Additionally, a $5 bill with white power residue, eight oxycodone/acetaminophen pills and two empty syringes were found on his person at the time of his death.
Since Smoot served as Flattus Maximus for longer than any other member in GWAR’s history and was so closely associated with the character among the band’s fans, bandleader Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) quickly announced that the persona of Flattus Maximus has been permanently retired as a token of respect to the late guitarist. GWAR are finishing the remainder of their tour as a quartet.