Update: Our sister paper Minneapolis City Pages has an interview with the gas station manager who discovered Cory Smoot dead and called 911. "It really, really shook the band," says Dan Anderson. "Pretty much all of them were crying, teary eyed. It broke them up pretty good." Read the whole interview here.
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Original post: Nov. 3, 1:55 p.m.: GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, was found dead today, just a few hours before the legendary costumed metal band were to cross the border to Canada. The cause of death is still unknown, and no announcement has been made regarding if Gwar's Canadian dates would be postponed or canceled.
In a statement, GWAR's front man Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, said (via heavy metal website MetalSucks.net):
"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, 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."
Smoot joined GWAR in 2002 and co-produced their 2006 album, Beyond Hell, and Lust In Space. He portrayed the character of Flattus Maximus the longest in the band's history. GWAR formed in 1984 in Richmond, Virginia.