Bandmates reveal real tragedy behind Cory’s death on tour bus journey – he was already ill but didn’t know it

Cory Smoot

Tragic: Cory Smoot

Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot died from a heart condition he didn’t know he had, the investigation coroner has revealed.

Smoot, who played Flattus Maximus in the science-fiction themed metal band, was found dead on the band’s tour bus as they travelled between shows in the US on November 3. He was 34.

North Dakota coroner William Masselo, MD, says: “We have finalised the autopsy report and death certificate. I have determined that Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosies, brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.”

Gwar continued their tour following the tragedy, with mainman Dave Brockie, who plays Oderus Urungus, saying it was the best way for musicians and fans to deal with “the loss of our dear friend and brother, and one of the most talented guitar players in metal today.”

He added: “We are completely devastated. One night we had our friend and colleague, happy and healthy in the middle of our best tour in years. The next morning, so suddenly, he was gone.”

The band have retired the character of Maximus, who had been played by five guitarists since 1987. They’re continuing as a four-piece outfit and haven’t decided whether to replace Smoot.

They’ve set up the Smoot Family Foundation to help widow Jaime, who’s pregnant with the couple’s child.

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