Medical Examiners Determine Gwar's Dave Brockie Died of Heroin Overdose

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The Virginia medical examiner's office says Dave Brockie, the frontman for the heavy metal band Gwar, died of an accidental heroin overdose.

Brockie -- who went by the stage name Oderus Urungus -- was found dead in his Richmond home on March 23. He was 50.

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Arkuie Williams, administrator at the chief medical examiner's office, said today that Brockie's cause of death was acute heroin toxicity.

The Grammy-nominated band Gwar was founded in 1984 and is known for its comically grotesque costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics.

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Gwar released its latest album in 2013 and recently toured Australia and Japan.

Brockie remained a constant in the band, which has had a revolving door of members. In 2011, 34-year-old lead guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead on the band's tour bus.

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