The official cause of death for GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot has been confirmed as a heart attack. According to North Dakota coroner William Masselo, M.D., “Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.” The announcement came from Smoot’s family and GWAR’s production company, Slave Pit Inc.
Smoot, 34, was found dead on GWAR’s tour bus on November 3. The public funeral was held in Chesterfield, VA, on November 11. The band will finish its current tour leg, which takes GWAR to Europe through January, with only four members. The heavy metal men have no plans as of yet to find a replacement guitarist following the tour and will permanently retire Smoot’s onstage persona, Flattus Maximus, in honor of their fallen friend.
As if the loss of the GWARtarist couldn’t get sadder, Smoot leaves behind his wife, Jaime, who is currently pregnant. Donate to the Smoot Family Foundation, founded by GWAR and its Metal Blade label to benefit Smoot’s loved ones, here. The Foundation will also be getting a boost from all proceeds from the 2012 release of When Worlds Collide, Smoot’s solo album that he completed just before he died. The record release show takes place at the Canal Club in Richmond, VA, on January 7 and features Mensrea, Cannabis Corpse, DBX and more.