Gwar Guitarist Cory “Flattus Maximus” Smoot Dies

Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot (pictured left), better known as Flattus Maximus, has died, according to the band’s Dave Brockie, who goes by Oderus Urungus. Smoot was found dead this morning as they prepared to cross into Canada while on their Return of the World Maggot Tour. In a statement, Brockie said:

“It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of Gwar must announce the passing of their long time 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.”

Revolver‘s sister magazine, Guitar World, conducted Smoot’s final interview last month, available for reading here.

The staff of Revolver wishes to extend our thoughts to his family, friends, and former bandmates during this time. R.I.P.


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  • Adrian Moreno

    so sad :(

  • Cwsmith365

    deeply sad

  • Justin John Unger

    R.I.P. Cory, GWAR is an amazing act, and you be dearly missed, keep Heaven heavy, my friend. The best to GWAR, your friends, and your family in this time. m/

  • Jason Lidman

    He will missed by all, I’m glad I was there last night to get to hear him play one last time  R.I.P.  

  • Connor Brown

    Not a GWAR fan, but I’m sorry to hear about his death. Ive heard him play before and he was actually really good. RIP Man

  • Rebelmtrebel

    i am honored to have seen him perform and deeply sorry to here of him passing.
    R.I.P with all the other fallen Rock Gods.

  • Tylergass

    one of the gods of heavy metal is gone we shall never forget what he gave us becuase he was truely the best R.I.P man we all will miss u very very much!