GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot Found Dead On Tour Bus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The lead guitarist for the heavy metal band GWAR has been found dead on their tour bus.

Manager Jack Flanagan and record label Metal Blade say Cory Smoot was found early Thursday before crossing into Canada following a show in Minneapolis.

It's unclear what caused Smoot's death or how old he was.

Smoot performed since 2002 under the name “Flattus Maximus” with the Richmond, Va.-based band known for its comically grotesque costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics.

Flanagan says there's no word yet on funeral arrangements or the rest of the tour.

Lead singer Dave Brockie, also known as “Oderus Urungus,” says the band is just dealing the loss and called Smoot “one of the most talented guitar players in metal today.”

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