Police in Richmond, Virginia have confirmed the death of Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus.
Speaking to local paper Times Dispatch, Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said officers were called to a residence in the 4800 block of the city’s West Seminary Avenue at 6.53pm on Sunday for a report of a dead person. They found Brockie dead inside.
Waugh reports that detectives do not suspect foul play at this time. Brockie’s body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
The band’s manager, Jack Flanagan, has since issued a statement. It reads: “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 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his bandmate 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. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
TMZ reports that Brockie’s was found sitting upright in a chair, and that no drugs were found, according to their source. Another unnamed law enforcement source is reported as saying that suicide is not suspected and no note was found.
Known for their outrageous costumes and prosthetics, Gwar released their 13th album in 2013 and mark their 30th anniversary this year. According to Gwar’s mythology, Oderus Urungus is 43 billion years old, and was assembled on a planet called Scumdogia, He wields a sword called Unt Lick. He is the only character appear in ever Gwar line-up, beginning as guitar player, then bassist, then vocalist.