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: