Bandmates Stole Gwar Singer's Remains: Suit

Dave Brockie's dad says they also stole his guitars, artwork
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2015 10:57 AM CDT
Bandmates Stole Gwar Singer's Remains: Suit
This July 13, 2012 file photo shows Dave Brockie at the Fear Net and Resident Evil Party at Voyeur Nightclub for Comic-Con in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Dark Sky Films, Jeff Bottari, File)

If true, it's about as gruesome as you might expect from Gwar: The father of late frontman Dave Brockie (or "Oderus Urungus," as he was known) says the other members of the heavy metal band stole his cremated remains, among other things, and won't return them. William Brockie has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the band that also accuses members of attempting to capitalize on his son's 2014 death from a heroin overdose by setting up a charitable fund in Brockie's name and selling memorial T-shirts and other merch without his father's permission to use Brockie's likeness, Courthouse News reports.

The suit also accuses the band members of stealing Brockie's bass guitars, artwork, tour souvenirs, a gold record, and other things from his home, then padlocking them at band headquarters and refusing to turn them over. As for the remains, the elder Brockie says that after asking for them, he was given just a small portion "in a used plastic bag with Discover credit card logo on it." Last but not least, he says his son's estate was never paid for the musician's performances on Gwar's 2014 tour, NBC News reports, and that other members of Gwar have tried to take away his control of his son's estate. (More GWAR stories.)

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