GWAR guitarist Corey Smoot was found dead on tour bus as they prepared to enter Canada. His devastated band members and fans were shocked to hear the tragic news. Manager Jack Flanagan and record label Metal Blade said Cory Smoot’s body was discovered this morning.
Corey Smoot went by the stage name, Flattus Maximus was the lead guitarist for GWAR. He was known by his red face, white dreadlocks, dinosaur-head shoulder pads and reptile feet. The name “Flattus” implies (verified by various concerts) a flatulent character.
Lead singer Dave Brockie, also known as “Oderus Urungus,” said in a statement that “at this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother” and asked for privacy. He called Smoot “one of the most talented guitar players in metal today.”
According to Metalsucks, they posted the following statement: It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time 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. 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.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Corey Smoot’s friends, family, and fans. RIP!