Gwar Cory Smoot Dead – Gwar band member Cory Smoot, who goes by the stage name Flattus Maximus, has passed away. The guitarists died of unknown causes sometime between the end of last night’s concert in Minneapolis,and when his bandmates attempted to wake him to cross the border into Canada this morning. Smoot has been a member of Gwar since 2002.
A statement from band leader Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus read:
“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.”
According to GWARâ€™s online bio of Smoot, he “operates his own live sound and mastering company entitled Karma Productions and also known as Slave Pit Studios … Cory has done several different recording projects as a musician-for-hire as well as some studio work for various television networks and world-renowned recording artists.”
The group is a satirical heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984. The band is best known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.