GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot (Flattus Maximus) is dead. The band has issued the following statement: “It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of Gwar must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot. “Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death. “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.” Gwar have do not plan on cancelling dates of the current tour.