GWAR founder Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, found dead in Richmond home

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – GWAR founder and vocalist Dave Brockie was found dead in his Richmond home Sunday.

Brockie’s friend and former GWAR member Chris Bopst confirmed the death to CBS 6 producer Chris Westfall. Richmond Police also confirmed Brockie’s death.

“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 in an email. “When officers arrived, they found David M. Brockie, 50, deceased inside the home.”

Detectives do not suspect foul play at this time, she added. The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine Brockie’s cause of death.

“My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family,” GWAR manager Jack Flanagan said in a statement. “More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

Brockie’s death was first reported by Style Weekly.

Founded in the 1980s by Brockie and fellow VCU art students, GWAR gained international fame for its brand of heavy metal music and outrageous stage show.

As part of the act, GWAR members created their own gory costumes and wild personas.

“Anyone who has seen GWAR knows it’s an adult comedy rock musical,” Brockie told CBS 6 reporter Mark Holmberg in 2011.

GWAR was nominated for the Best Long Form Music Video Grammy award in 1993, but lost to Annie Lennox. GWAR was nominated for Best Metal Performance in 1995, but lost to Nine Inch Nails.

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