DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Dave Brockie (aged 50)
Canadian musician (Gwar)
David Murray Brockie (August 30, 1963 – March 23, 2014) was a Canadian musician, and best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Gwar, in which he performed as Oderus Urungus. He performed as a bassist and lead singer in bands such as Death Piggy, X-Cops, and the Dave Brockie Experience (DBX), and starred in the comedy/horror TV sitcom Holliston as Oderus Urungus.
DEATH: On Sunday March 23, 2014, Brockie was found dead, his body sitting upright in a chair in his home, by a fellow band member. The cause of death was determined to be a heroin overdose. Gwar’s management confirmed initial reports of Brockie’s death on the official Gwar website at 4am on March 24 and news of Brockie’s death spread quickly with many of his fellow musical peers and bandmates responding through social media. Mike Bishop, at that time a former member of Gwar, was one of the first to confirm Brockie’s death.
News of Brockie’s death spread very quickly through the metal community, with many fans and fellow musicians taking the time to honor his memory, including Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe, Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl, and The Daily Beast writer Andy Hinds. Oderus Urungus was given a traditional Viking funeral in a public memorial prior to the 5th annual GWAR-B-Q event on August 15, 2014. Brockie’s ashes are buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.