GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot’s cause of death has been confirmed by a coroner in North Dakota. Smoot, who played the character of Flattus Maximus for over 10 years, was discovered dead on the band’s tour bus on November 3, 2011. He was 34. The Smoot family and Slave Pit Inc. recently released a statement regarding the official cause of Cory Smoot’s death.
North Dakota coroner William Masselo, MD stated: “We have finalized the autopsy report and death certificate. I have determined that Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.”
The band has officially retired the character of Flattus Maximus and have announced no plans regarding a new GWAR-tarist. They will continue as a four-piece until the current tour schedule is complete.
On January 7, 2012 at The Canal Club in Richmond, VA there will be a record release show for Smoot’s solo record, “When Worlds Collide.” Smoot had completed working on the album just prior to his death. It will be released in early 2012 with all proceeds going to the Smoot Family Fund.