Official: GWAR frontman Dave Brockie died of heroin overdose

GWAR films a video for their new album "War Party" in Times Square on Oct. 8, 2004, in New York. Brad Barket/Getty Images

Dave Brockie, the frontman for the heavy metal band GWAR, died of an accidental heroin overdose, according to the Virginia medical examiner's office.

Brockie -- who went by the stage name Oderus Urungus -- was found dead in his Richmond home on March 23. He was 50.

Arkuie Williams, administrator at the chief medical examiner's office, said Tuesday that Brockie's cause of death was acute heroin toxicity.

The Grammy-nominated band GWAR was founded in 1984 and is known for its comically grotesque costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics.

GWAR released its debut album, "Hell-O," in 1988. Its latest album, "Battle Maximus," came out in 2013. The group recently toured Australia and Japan.

Brockie remained a constant in the band, which has had a revolving door of members. In 2011, 34-year-old lead guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead on the band's tour bus.

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