Gwar lead singer Dave Brockie dead at 50

Story highlights

  • A band mate found Brockie dead at his Richmond, Virginia, home Sunday
  • Gwar billed itself as "Earth's only openly extra-terrestrial rock band"
  • An autopsy will be done to determine why Brockie died, Gwar's manager says

Gwar lead singer Dave Brockie died Sunday, his manager said Monday. Brockie was 50.

"His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, Virginia," Gwar manager Jack Flanagan said in a statement on the group's website.

An autopsy will be done to determine why he died, Flanagan said.

His heavy metal band formed in 1984, billing itself as "Earth's only openly extra-terrestrial rock band." Brockie performed as Gwar's frontman under the persona of "Oderus Urungus."

The band was based on a mythology of an "elite group of chaos warriors" who "ravaged the galaxy" until they were "banished to the most insignificant planet in the universe ... the seething mud ball known as Earth."

"My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family," Flanagan said.

"More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."

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