GWAR's Dave Brockie aka 'Oderus Urungus' Dead at 50
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:13:42
GWAR frontman Dave Brockie has died at 50.
Brockie lead the metal band via his Oderus Urungus persona.
The cause of death is TBD as of press time, but his body was found on Sunday, March 23.
The Richmond, Virginia band was known for fusing art and theatre in a metallic, fake monster way! They were ALWAYS entertaining, thanks to their effigies, plots, costumes and more.
Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe, also from Richmond, spoke about the singer and his passing in an Instagram post. The post is unedited by us.
"I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR- my friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old. I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home & his roommates found him. When someone dies, a lot of the time people will say 'Oh, he was a unique person, really one of a kind, a true original'- most of these people no idea of what they are talking about- they obviously had never met Dave. Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND- I can't think of ANYONE even remotely like him. That's VERY HARD TO SAY. My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR- they gave us out first shot at this thing. I learned many things from Dave, many of which I am eternally grateful for, and some of which I am deeply ashamed of. I took this picture at his birthday party a few months ago- Dave kissing his Oderous birthday cake. Right now, if I were to truly honor Dave in the way HE would do it if it were ME that had died, I would make a completely tasteless joke about his death. But I do not have the stomach for that- Dave would, but not me. He never put much stock in "limits". Richmond, VA has lost one of its most creative people. This is a crying shame to me. Thank you Brockie, for all the crazy shit you did- thank God you existed, so you could do it and I didn't have to. It was an honor to know you, to be your Shaky Slave, to serve in the Blood Vomits along side you (let's ride!), and to be soaked by your sweet cuttlefish. RIP Dave Brockie. Oderous, enjoy your trip back home."
RIP, Mr. Brockie.
We're so shocked at and saddened by this news. We will update you as more information is made available.
Oderus made a list for Ranker.com about his favorite war films, so check it out:
Oderus Urungus of GWAR's Top 10 War Films
Will you listen to GWAR to honor of Dave Brockie's legacy?