The sad news just came down this afternoon that Cory Smoot, long-time guitarist and frequent co-producer for world-famous heavy metal monsters GWAR (under the stage name Flattus Maximus), passed away earlier today. Band frontman David Brockie, who has entertained us for years in his persona as frontman Oderus Urungus, stepped appropriately out of character to make a brief but heartfelt statement to the music site MetalSucks, and you can read his comments below the fold...
"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot," Brockie announced to MetalSucks. "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." Smoot's role in the band since 2002 went beyond taking up the axe, and he helped produce several of the band's albums.
Brockie added that it is too early to comment on how this will impact the rest of GWAR's current North American tour. "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," he continued. "We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss."
Brockie said that a full press statement will come in a day or two. "In the meantime," he concluded, "please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him."