GWAR is one of those bands that even if you don't care anything about their music you still know about them. They are a band with a genre unto themselves. They might remind you of kiss in that they where crazy suits and makeup. However, noone who has seen both of these bands would ever confuse one for the other.  GWAR is known for its crazy costumes, obscene lyrics, and graphic stage performances.  With some bands you get a song, dance, and a show. With GWAR you get all of those things and horrible nightmares. All joking aside the people under the masks are still people. They live, they love, and they die.

On thursday November 3rd, lead guitarist for GWAR was found dead on his tour bus.  The cause of his passing is unknown.  He performed under the stage name Flattus Maximus with the band.  He produced GWAR's last two albums. This statement was given by GWAR's lead singer Dave Brockie, also known as "Ordeus Urungus", after stating that he asked for privacy while they morn their dear friend.

 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.

-Dave Brockie-