Dave Brockie, the lead singer and founder of the shock-rock band GWAR, was found dead in his Richmond, Virginia, home on Sunday, WTVR reports.
Richmond Police confirmed Brockie’s death via email.
“At approximately 6:53 p.m. on Sunday, Richmond Police were called to a residence in the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue for a report of a deceased individual,” Richmond Police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh wrote. “When officers arrived, they found David M. Brockie, 50, deceased inside the home.”
The police spokesperson said that detectives do not suspect foul play and await a report from the Medical Examiner’s Office determining Brockie’s cause of death.
Founded in the 1980s by Brockie and fellow VCU art students, GWAR was famous for its elaborate costumes, loud music, and comically violent and outrageous stage shows that often ended with audience covered in fake blood.
Brockie, who performed under the name stage name Oderus Urungus, and his GWAR bandmates created their elaborate costumes themselves in their Richmond workshop.
“Anyone who has seen GWAR knows it’s an adult comedy rock musical,” Brockie said in an interview in 2011.
In a statement, band manager Jack Flanagan said: “My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. “More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
The band recently celebrated their 30th anniversary.
Watch video on GWAR below via WTVR:
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