GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus) was found dead on the band’s tour bus following a show in Minneapolis on November 2. He was 34 years old.
The cause of death has yet to be determined.
“It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy 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,” said the band in an official statement. “At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother. Please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him.”
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe paid tribute to the guitarist via a post on Twitter.
“I am very saddened by the passing our friend Cory,” said Blythe. “He was an awesome dude & a great guitar player, as well as a talented engineer and producer. I recorded guest vocals for a few projects at his studio (The Kris Norris Projekt, the Jasta solo record) and as a friend he refused to take my money in payment for the sessions. Last session just gave me some killer tracks of his solo work and asked me if I ever had time to lay down some vocals for him. I really regret now not having had the opportunity to record those sessions with him. He was always fun to tour with, hang with, and we will be deeply missed, especially in our hometown of Richmond, VA. It was an honor to work with such a kind human being. My most sincere condolences to his wife, family, and the rest of the GWAR family. Rest in peace brother, I’ll catch you on the flip side.”