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GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot, or Flattus Maximus, Found Dead

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Cory Smoot, the fifth guitarist to don the Flattus Maximus costume in the carnival metal band GWAR, died mysteriously today while the band was on tour. Smoot joined GWAR as their lead guitarist in 2002 and became the longest-serving member to wear the Flattus mask in the group's 27-year history. According to Metal Sucks, the band found Smoot dead -- presumably on the tour bus -- as they prepared to cross the Canadian border. No cause of death has yet been revealed.

"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus," GWAR frontman  Dave Crockie (or Oderus Urungus) said in a statement. "Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today."

Crockie and the band will release a full statement in the near-future which will provide more details as well as alert fans about the band's current North American tour. "In the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him," Crockie said.

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