Dave Brockie, frontman of the costumed, satirical heavy metal group GWAR, whose stage name was Oderus Urungus, had died at age 50.
The news was confirmed on the band's official website, which contained the headline "Dave Brockie ? August 30, 1963 ? March 23, 2014 " on Monday, March 24, alongside a photo of the singer. Brockie was found dead in his home on Sunday in Richmond, Virginia, where the band is based, the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper reported.
" It is true," former GWAR bassist Chris Bopst tweeted. "Dave Brockie passed away last night. I wish it wasn't."
"It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014," the group's manager, Jack Flanagan, said in a statement to Rolling Stone.
"His body was found Sunday by his bandmate at his home in Richmond, Virginia," he said. "Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."
Former GWAR bassist told Style Weekly that Brockie was "one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," adding: "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."
The news comes two and a half years after GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead on the group's tour bus in November 2011.
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GWAR was founded in Virginia in 1984. The group released its 13th album, "Battle Maximus," in September 2013 and recently toured Japan. The band has been nominated for two Grammys. Several years ago, Brockie and two other GWAR members, Brad "Jizmak Da Gusha" Roberts and Mike "Balsac the Jaws of Death" Derks, also performed in a side group, The Dave Brockie Experience.
GWAR, including Brockie, were also featured in a scene with Ethan Embry in the cult 1995 teen comedy movie "Empire Records."
" I'll be eating a brownie for you today Dave," Embry tweeted.