The metal world is mourning the loss of Oderus Urungus. Born Dave Brockie, the frontman for the cult thrash metal act Gwar was found dead in his Richmond, Virginia home Sunday night.
Fellow Virginia rocker Randy Blythe of Lamb of God said in a Facebook post that the passing of his good friend is a "crying shame." Blythe said Brockie was "truly one of a kind," adding that the rocker known for his outlandish onstage persona "never put much stock in limits."
Insane Clown Posse member Violent J similarly told "Billboard" that Brockie's death is a "terrible loss to the world." And even more people took to Twitter to mourn Brockie, including Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch, A Day to Remember guitarist Kevin Skaff, and Disturbed's David Draiman, to name a few.
Just read about the passing of Dave Brockie - Oderus Urungus from Gwar. We had the privilege of… http://t.co/BZXmu5trCZ— Chris Kael (@5FDPChrisKael) March 24, 2014
Sad to hear about Gwar's singer Dave Brockie passing. He was such a nice guy to all of us in ADTR. RIP Oderus— Kevin Skaff (@Kevineffinskaff) March 24, 2014
Brockie was 50-years-old at the time of his death. A cause has yet to be announced, although authorities say they don't suspect foul play. Brockie was the last remaining founding member of Gwar, which he formed in 1984. His death marks the second loss Gwar and their followers have had to deal with in the past few years. Guitarist Cory Smoot died of a heart attack while the band was on tour in 2011.