Gwar singer Dave Brockie, known as Oderus Urungus, has passed away at 50
Gwar frontman David Brockie, known under the stage name Oderus Urungus, has passed away at the age of 50. Brockie was found dead in his home on Sunday evening (March 23), according to the Richmond Police Department. The cause of death is still under investigation, although no foul play is suspected.
Jack Flanagan, manager of Gwar, has issued an official statement regarding Brockie’s passing. In it, he states that a full autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Here’s Flanagan’s statement on behalf of the band:
“It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.
My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
Following the news Brockie’s passing, a steady stream of tributes have been pouring out via social media. Here are a few of the tweets from musicians that have been touched by Brockie:
Rest in peace Dave Brockie. Thank you for influencing my young and pliable brain cells. The world loses a creative force.
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) March 24, 2014
Very sad to hear Dave Brockie from GWAR passed away today. Although we didn't tour with them we have always been fans. RIP we will miss you.
— missmayiband (@missmayiband) March 24, 2014
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) March 24, 2014
— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) March 24, 2014
RIP Oderus Urungus a.k.a. Dave Brockie of GWAR. Someone I always wanted to meet. Born in Ottawa, he was Canada's greatest Canadian.
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) March 24, 2014
Brockie founded Gwar in 1984 and was the heavy metal band’s only consistent member. Throughout the years, Gwar became known for their stage spectacle, which featured graphic onstage imagery and creepy, scifi costumes. The group was also recognized as a defining force in thrash metal and earned two Grammy nominations, one in 1993 for Best Long Form Music Video for “Phallus in Wonderland,” and the other in 1995 for Best Metal Performance for “S.F.W.”