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Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus) is dead. His band members found him deceased this morning
as they prepared to cross the Canadian border. MetalSucks just received the following statement by Gwar
mastermind Dave Brockie directly from the band’s camp:

It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of 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. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band
prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of
GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no
word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR’s current North American
tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans. At this point we are just dealing with
the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today.
We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have
suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime
please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him.
-Dave Brockie-

This sucks more than words can possibly express. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Cory’s friends, his
family, and of course his bandmates.

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