Heavy metal band Gwar are being sued by the father of late frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, amid claims they stole his ashes.
NBC News reports that William Brockie, father to the late Dave, has taken legal action against the band and is accusing the members of having stolen his cremated remains, bass guitars and artwork. The lawsuit is being filed in Richmond, Virginia and Brockie is seeking $1m in compensation plus damages.
William Brockie claims that Gwar owe the estate of his son money from their final tour before his death and that they have also used his name for commercial use without permission as well as taking illegal possession of his ashes following his cremation.
It is stated that William Brockie went to retrieve the ashes in May 2014 but was denied entry to the property in which they are being kept. Eventually he was given “a small fraction of his son’s ashes which were delivered in a used plastic bag with Discover credit card logo on it,” the suit says.
“Immediately after Dave Brockie’s death, the remaining active members of GWAR … set out on a course of action to capitalize on the death of Dave Brockie,” the lawsuit continues.
The band’s management company, Slave Pit, is named alongside the band members in the list of defendants.
Urungus, better known as Dave Brockie died of a heroin overdose in March 2014. In August of that year he was given a traditional viking send-off involving his stage costume being set on fire.
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 was 43 billion years old, and was assembled on a planet called Scumdogia. He wielded a sword called Unt Lick.