GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot Found Dead On Tour Bus

The lead guitarist for the heavy metal band GWAR has been found dead on their tour bus. Manager Jack Flanagan and record label Metal Blade said Cory Smoot's body was discovered Thursday before the bus crossed into Canada on the Richmond, Va.-based band's tour.

Lead singer Dave Brockie, known as 'Oderus Urungus,' said in a statement: 'It is with a sense of profound loss that  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,'

Gwar is two weeks into a six-week tour of North America and was scheduled to play Friday night in Edmonton, Canada. The Edmonton Journal reported that the concert would continue as planned. Smoot has performed since 2002 under the name "Flattus Maximus" with the Virginia-based band known for its comically grotesque costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics.

Smoot, who produced a number of the group's albums, joined GWAR in 2002 and was the latest in a long line of guitarists in the nearly 30-year-old act's history. They are  known for lampooning well known figures including Sarah Palin, Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton and singing vulgar lyrics.

According to the Associated Press, Smoots age and cause of death are unclear.

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