Sources close to the band say that Dave Brockie, the founder and lead singer of legendary metal band Gwar, has died at the age of 50.

A member of the Richmond Police Department confirmed to Style Weekly that a 50-year-old musician was found dead in his home by his roommate on Sunday evening.

This tragic news comes in the year in which the band celebrates its 30th anniversary, and recently returned from their long-awaited first performance in Japan. Gwar also recently announced that it would hold its fifth Gwar-B-Q concert August 16 at Hadad’s Water Park in Richmond, VA.

Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, founded what became the most famous band to come out of Richmond, VA in 1984. The band has continued to sell out shows and tour the globe for the last 30 years. They released their 13th album in 2013.

The self-described "Scumdogs of the Universe" were known for their crazy costumes, messy shows, and (intentionally) offensive theatrics.

Friends and others posted condolences and remembrances across Facebook into Monday morning.

We'll report more details as they become available and share the band's official statement when it is released.

In an interview last month on Insane Clown Posse Theater, Oderus Urungus talked about the essence of what made him tick:

[Blabbermouth]