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Legendary GWAR Guitarist

Found Dead on Tour

11/3/2011 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Cory Smoot -- a founding member of the legendary speed metal band GWAR -- was found dead today while the band was traveling on its current tour.  

Cory played guitar and was best known by his stage name, Flattus Maximus. He was found dead as the band was traveling from Minneapolis to Edmonton, Canada for an upcoming show according to a rep for the band.

GWAR lead singer David Brockie says in a statement, "There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred."

Among GWAR's biggest fans back in the 90's ... Beavis and Butt-head.

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Kunst    

That's too bad. Apparently he was a founding member.

1029 days ago
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Kunst    

Oh yeah, I think they mean that Gwar are a legendary band among people who are aware of music other than just mainstream cat's piss. Being heard of by a lot of people usually means you suck goat's balls.

1029 days ago
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Jackie    

TMZ you don't know what being a legendary is?

1029 days ago
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roll3567    

gwar....what is it good for...

1029 days ago
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todd lee    

GWAR!!!!!!!!!!!


Awesome band....I've seen them a few times live and they were always a kick ass live band.

I guess all you queer a-holes talking trash can go back and listen to gay music like Blink 182 or maybe you could blast your Lady Gaga garbage.

GWAR WAS THE REAL DEAL!!!!

1029 days ago
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She's baaaack    

Flatus Maximus? My guess is he got drunk and tried to light a fart and blew half a city block up.

1029 days ago
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Iron Lung    

Gwar is the closest thing I've had to religion for almost 25 years. You can be sodomized with a chainsaw if you don't respect the mighty Gwar! See you in Hell Flattus!

1029 days ago
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miguel    

Great band. Awesome live show and tons of fun to watch. They are a legendary band.

1029 days ago
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grow     

legendary as in been putting out cd/tapes fro over 25 years having yearly tours was a part of tv shows and games ( beavis and butt head ) and fox's red eye .. i would like to know what bands u like that has been around for that long r.i.p man

1029 days ago
25.

Colleen    

GWAR won Grammys. They are amazing. Sad for his bandmates, family and friends.

1029 days ago
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Jake    

Cory wasn't a founding member of Gwar. Way to fact check there, TMZ. Always on top of everything.

1028 days ago
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amanda    

GWAR shows are ******* fun. Thats what makes them legendary, everyone knows the music sucks.

1028 days ago
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todd    

get your facts straight TMZ.......idiots. Rest in peace Cory!!!!

1028 days ago
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bcarreck    

GWAR!!!!!! ****ty man the band gave me memories that have lasted a life time,saw them in Victoria BC Canada loved the slaves

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