Today (April 7), news broke that William Brockie, father of deceased Gwar frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus), was suing the metal band’s surviving members for allegedly stealing his son’s remains and possessions, in addition to unpaid concert earnings and unauthorized use of David’s image. Gwar has responded to these claims, steadfastly denying the lawsuit’s claims.
“We did not steal Dave Brockie's ashes, or anything else that belonged to him,” the band says via press release. “In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave's ashes, have been available to his attorneys for weeks.”
Gwar says it cannot comment on the “substance of the lawsuit” since it has not yet seen the actual papers, but it claims to have done everything in its power to adhere to the wishes of Brockie’s father, following his son’s death via heroin overdose March 23, 2014, in Richmond, Va.