Metal has lost many of it's great musicians. Unfortunately, we have lost another one.

GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead while on tour bus today as the band prepared for a border crossing.

Frontman of GWAR Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) made this statement:

"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their longtime 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."

GWAR just recently performed here at the Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids. How will this affect the future of GWAR? Only time will tell, but let's throw up some devil horns for our fallen METAL BROTHER....FLATTUS MAXIMUS.