Tragic news has hit the world of heavy metal music. The lead guitarist for the band GWAR was found dead on Thursday by his bandmates.

Cory Smoot, known as Flattus Maximus onstage, was only 34 years old. He joined the band in 2002. His lifeless body was found as the band's tour bus was getting ready to cross the border into Manitoba, Canada, from North Dakota. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

"Cory was found deceased this morning, as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death, and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred," GWAR frontman Dave Brockie said in a statement, via Radar Online.

The statement continued: "At this point, there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR's current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long-term plans. 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."

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