[UPDATE: An Interview with Gas Station Manager Who Found Cory Smoot] Flattus Maximus, GWAR Guitarist, RIP

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.

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
. He portrayed the character of Flattus Maximus the longest in the band's history. GWAR formed in 1984 in Richmond,

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