Coroner says GWAR singer David Brockie died of heroin overdose

By Kyle Johnson,

The Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office announced on Tuesday that the cause of death for David Brockie, lead singer of GWAR, was an accidental heroin overdose.

The medical examiner's office administrator, Arkuie Williams, told Reuters in an email that the 50-year-old passed away due to "acute heroin toxicity and the manner of death is accident."

As previously reported, the frontman was discovered by his roommate at their Richmond, Virginia home on a March evening. Police at the time say they didn't believe that foul play was the cause of Brockie's death.

GWAR is a satirical metal band where each member dons an intricate costume and goes by an alias and acts as if they were truly an alien. Brockie went by the stage name Oderus Urungus and was said to be 43 billion years old.

Reuters notes that heroin deaths have increased in recent years and surpassed prescription painkillers due to the lower cost of the drug. In the United States, between 2006 and 2010, overdoses rose by 45 percent.

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