GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead on the band's tour bus before it crossed into Canada on Thursday after a concert in Minneapolis. Cory was said to be in his mid thirties.
GWAR founding member and vocalist Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, has posted the following statement online regarding the sad news.
"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing.
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"There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. 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."
Cory Smoot handled production duties on Gwar's latest two albums "Lust In Space" and "Bloody Pit of Horror." He also owned and operated his own recording studio, Karma Studios, where several of GWAR's albums had been recorded.
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