RICHMOND, VA (WTVR) – Cory Smoot, guitarist for the Richmond heavy metal band GWAR was found dead on the band’s tour bus last month.
Smoot had been a member of the twice Grammy-nominated, 25-year-old band since 2002. He was part of the 1995 class at Clover Hill in Midlothian and was approximately 34 years old.
A North Dakota coroner released the autopsy results of Smoot’s death today, reported Revolver magazine.
Stated North Dakota coroner William Masselo, MD:
“We have finalized the autopsy report and death certificate. I have determined that Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosis [a heart attack] brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.”
Members of GWAR and Metal Blade Records have established a foundation to raise funds for Smoot’s wife and their unborn child.
Donations can be made through GWAR’s website. Also, the band will throw a record release show featuring Smoot’s solo album, at the local Canal Club, on January 7.