GWAR’s Cory Smoot R.I.P.

Band puts tour on hold
while trying to sort the situation out.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

GWAR guitarist Flattus Maximus – Cory Smoot, of Midlothian, VA – was found
dead on the band’s tour bus yesterday, Nov. 3, prior to the band crossing from
the US into Canada,
according to mdia reports. GWAR was on tour and had just performed in Minneapolis. The cause of
death is as yet unknown.

 

Smoot, 34, had been in the band since 2002 and also played
in Richmond band
Mensrea and Locus Factor. GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) issued
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.”

 

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