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Flattus Maximus guitarist of Heavy Metal band: GWAR was found dead this morning in the band’s tour bus that was traveling into Canada after their most recent show in Minneapolis. It seems as though he died in his sleep. However, the cause of death is unknown at the time and it might remain unknown forever.he was only 34 years old.

The fact that no one really knows much about him to begin with leads me to believe that fellow band members will concoct some outlandish story about the guitarist just to keep his shenanigans alive. Maybe they’ll say that Flattus Maximus (Cory Smoot) smoked himself after finding out that his flesh was actual hemp. No one except maybe band members know anything about him. He never revealed much and he mostly remained in character/costume.

GWAR has been around since 1984 and forever sustaining a loyal fan base of their gruesome shows and creative and demonically, wicked, horror and Science fiction inspired, elaborate costumes. Performances with buckets of fake blood and rather graphic accompanied by their obscene, sometimes even funny lyrics. They slaughtered and dismembered cheesy celebrities and politicians on slaves. (Of course they weren’t real, duh!)

In an interview in 1997 Flattus Maximus disclosed he came from a planet named Pot and his planet was made entirely of Cannabis. He destroyed his planet by smoking it all into extinction. Obviously, these were things he would say for shock value and maybe to be funny. But the fact of the matter is that his birth name and place of birth and any other minor detail of his life are unknown.

The only thing that was apparent about Flattus Maximus (Cory Smoot) was that he had a bit of southern accent which also, could have been made up just to throw people off. There’s never been any rumors of drug abuse or anything of that nature, though due to the planet he came from and that he ultimately destroyed it’s safe to assume that he smoked quite a bit of pot.

All that aside, his band mates are truly besides themselves and shocked with his untimely and surprising death. So much indeed that the mastermind and singer of the the band: David Brockie gave a touching and certainly out of character “literally” this mornin

He stated: “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.”

This is really sad and though I was never really a fan of the band as a kid I truly enjoyed watching their gory videos and watching them in costume, they were really something else. GWAR is one of a kind. Will it ever be the same without Flattus Maximus?