Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Reacts to News of GWAR Frontman’s Heroin Overdose
Yesterday (June 3), we learned that GWAR vocalist Dave Brockie‘s cause of death was an accidental heroin overdose. The news spread quickly and garnered emotional reactions from fans around the world, one of which came from Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe.
The death of Dave Brockie, who played the character of Oderus Urungus, left us without one of the most unique and brilliantly demented minds in metal. Brockie still had so much passion within him. On top of GWAR, Brockie had the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q and future opening of the GWARbar to dedicate his time to. Randy Blythe, who was good friends with Brockie, recognizes that fire, and addressed it through an emotional Instagram post (photo below), citing his own addiction and current recovery.
On the evening of June 3, Blythe posted:
Here’s me with Dave Brockie & Brad Roberts of GWAR in 2006. Brad & I are still here, but Dave is gone- accidental heroin overdose, as many of you heard today. Not that it really matters, because dead is dead, but I don’t think Brockie was a stone cold junkie when he died- he couldn’t have done all that he did if he was strung out. He partied hard at periods, but I think he was more of a drug dabbler. But there’s a lesson here- dabbling with drugs kills people dead every day, just like being fully addicted does. I am so f—ing sick of my friends dying from alcohol & drugs. Really, really, tired of it- some of them die slow in the throes of addiction, & some of them die after just doing something stupid one night after a party. Some of them f— around and f— around and f— around…”I’ll get sober one day…” For most of them, that day comes for sure- when we put them in a casket. It’s better to be alive when you get sober. In this photo I was still drinking- I am a FULL BLOWN ALCOHOLIC. When I drink, I do crazy, really ill stuff. But I am a sober man today. I LIVE FREE. I might die surfing in the ocean tomorrow, but I will go out doing what I love, not choking on my own vomit. Besides that, I can just try & help others, so I’m writing this to YOU- YES, YOU- you, the one who can’t stop drinking & getting fired & pissing off your wife, you the one who steals pills from you friend’s medicine cabinet, you the one who is in a dark hole & wants to die & the only thing that fixes it for a little while is a drink or a drug- WAKE UP. GET HELP. STOP. PLEASE, I’M F—ING BEGGING YOU. YOU CAN DO IT. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET SOME HELP. If I can do it, ANYONE CAN, because I was a TOTAL WRECK for YEARS. Just get some help, goddamn it. And if you haven’t started, don’t. JUST DONT. There is NOTHING cool about being an alcoholic, a drug addict, or dead. Trust me. For the love of God, just don’t start. Please.
Rest in peace, Dave.
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