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Faces & names: Gwar frontman Brockie died of heroin overdose

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The frontman for the costume-clad “extraterrestrial” metal band Gwar died of an accidental heroin overdose, the Virginia coroner’s office told local media Tuesday.

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According to a statement from the band, David Brockie, 50, was found dead in his Richmond, Va., home March 23. Brockie died from “acute heroin toxicity and the manner of death is accident,” Arkuie Williams, administrator of the medical examiner’s office, said in an email.

Formed in 1984, the Grammy-nominated band rose to fame in part because of its elaborate, over-the-top and grotesque costumes and showmanship. The band had regular appearances on the popular TV show “Bevis and Butthead” and had a cameo in the 1995 film “Empire Records.”

Gwar released its most recent album, “Battle Maximus,” in September.

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