The lead guitarist and co-producer for a veteran heavy metal band was found dead Thursday on the group’s tour bus, The Washington Post reports.
Cory Smoot’s body was found shortly before the GWAR bus was to cross the border from North Dakota into Manitoba, Canada, the story reports. Smoot had performed with the band since 2002, using the stage name Flattus Maximus.
The Richmond, Va.-based speed metal band, formed in 1984, is known for its science-fiction-oriented stage performances, vulgar lyrics and grotesque costumes. Smoot reportedly produced GWAR’s two most recent albums.
No additional details were released about Smoot’s death, and it was unclear whether the band would continue its tour.
GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie, who performs as Oderus Urungus, released a statement calling Smoot “one of the most talented guitar players in metal today” and asking for privacy. “At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother,” he said in the statement.