The official cause of death of Gwar’s frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) has been revealed. WTVR now reports that the Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office confirms he died of an accidental heroin overdose.
The Medical Examiner’s official cause of death: acute heroin toxicity, means: accident. Brockie, was found unresponsive by his roommate in his North Richmond home on March 23rd. Responding police investigators found evidence of heroin use, but the cause of death wasn’t finalized until toxicology tests were completed.
Meanwhile, Lamb Of God’s frontman Randy Blythe, a friend of Dave Brockie, posted a message on his Instagram about this: “Here’s me with Dave Brockie & Brad Roberts of Gwar in 2006. Brad & I are still here, but Dave is gone - accidental heroin overdose, as many of you heard today. Not that it really matters, because dead is dead, but I don’t think Brockie was a stone cold junkie when he died - he couldn’t have done all that he did if he was strung out. He partied hard at periods, but I think he was more of a drug dabbler. But there’s a lesson here - dabbling with drugs kills people dead every day, just like being fully addicted does. I am so fucking sick of my friends dying from alcohol & drugs. Really, really, tired of it - some of them die slow in the throes of addiction, & some of them die after just doing something stupid one night after a party. Some if them fuck around and fuck around and fuck around…’I’ll get sober one day…’ For most of them, that day comes for sure - when we put them in a casket. It’s better to be alive when you get sober.”
He continues: “Wake up. Get help. Stop. Please, I’m fucking begging you. You can do it. Please please please get some help. If I can do it, anyone can, because I was a total wreck for years. Just get some help, goddamn it. And if you haven’t started, don’t. Just don’t. There is nothing cool about being an alcoholic, a drug addict, or dead. Trust me. For the love of God, just don’t start. Please.”
A special memorial event will be held free to the public only on August 15th, 2014 at Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, Virginia in celebration of the life of Dave Brockie
Don’t do drugs, dudes. Listen to Randy.
tribute to Dave Brockie (GWAR) - by: Mark Riddick
photographed by me at Fearless Music in New York