Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot’s cause of death revealed

The guitarist was found dead on November 3

Cory Smoot, who played guitar with cult metal band Gwar, died last month due to a heart attack caused by a pre-existing coronary heart disease, it has been revealed.

Smoot – otherwise known as Flattus Maximus – was found dead on November 3. The band are currently touring as a four piece and have not yet revealed if they are to hire a new member to replace Smoot, reports the AV Club.

After Smoot’s death, Gwar‘s frontman Dave Brockie, or Oderus Urungus, released a short statement to Metal Sucks. He wrote:

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.

Smoot joined the sci-fi and fantasy inspired band in 2002 and also co-produced their 2006 album ‘Beyond Hell’ and follow-up ‘Lust In Space’. He was the longest serving member to portray the Flattus Maximus character in the band’s history. Gwar formed in 1984 in Richmond, Virginia.

Fans can donate money to Smoot’s wife Jaime and his unborn child through the Smoot Family Fund.