We don’t often get all serious round these parts, but when we do you know something’s gone down – and it really has.

This post’s title is basically the long and short of it, and there’s nothing much more to be said. GWAR‘s guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead as they prepared to cross the border into Canada as part of their Return Of The Maggot Tour with Every Time I Die and Ghoul. I’m sure they are all shocked and devastated.

We didn’t know him, and we don’t know what happened – in fact no-one does yet – but it has come as a complete surprise to everyone.

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-

I’m sure I speak for all of us here in expressing our deepest sympathies to all affected.

– Heavy Blog

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