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Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie’s Death Ruled an Accidental Heroin Overdose

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Dave Brockie at the Fear Net and Resident Evil Party at Voyeur Nightclub for Comic-Con in San Diego, July 13, 2012. Jeff Bottari—AP

Following reports of evidence of heroin use at his home, a medical examiner's office confirmed the metal icon's cause of death Tuesday

The late frontman of thrash-metal mainstay Gwar, Dave Brockie, died of an accidental heroin overdose, the Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Tuesday.

Onstage with the band, Brockie inhabited the costumed character Oderus Urungus — “a 43 billion year-old alien from the planet Scumdogia.” In late March, he was found dead in his home at age 50, WTVR reports. Police had evidence of heroin on the scene, but a cause of death was not confirmed until now. Brockie’s friends told local media they had been concerned about his health and behavior in the lead-up to his death.

Brockie was a founding member of the two-time Grammy-nominated band and its only consistent member since it began in 1984.

[WTVR]

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