It's only been a few days since the passing of GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) and the entire metal world is still in mourning. Many heartfelt tributes have been extended by musicians and fans, but nothing has been said by GWAR's camp. However, GWAR have just released their first official statement commenting on Brockie's death.

Dave Brockie, 50, was a part of GWAR since the beginning and was undoubtedly both the heart and deranged mastermind of the band. Bands such as Tool, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall, and even programs like 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' have memorialized Brockie, but for the first time since his passing on March 23, GWAR has reached out to the public.

Issued by GWAR manager Jack Flanagan, the statement reads:

On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days.  Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

As Dave and Oderus would have wanted, this year's GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad's Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA) will still take place as planned. We have scheduled the Dave Brockie public memorial to take place the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, Friday August 15th, also at Hadad's Lake.

More information shall be released as the details are confirmed.

Those of you who were looking forward to this year's GWAR-B-Q, you'll not only be able to still attend the event, but you can pay tribute to Brockie in GWAR's home town.

Stay tuned for more news on Dave Brockie's death as updates are issued.