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Gwar’s Dave Brockie remembered in viking-style funeral

Gwar’s Dave Brockie remembered in viking-style funeral

GWAR REMEMBERS: Dave Brockie's costume was laid out on a boat, which was launched into a lake and set on fire with a flaming arrow. Photo: Associated Press

Gwar fans paid their respects to late frontman Dave Brockie at the group’s annual Gwar-B-Q in Richmond, Virginia on Friday by setting fire to his stage costume in a Viking-esque funeral.

The rocker, aka Oderus Urungus, died of an accidental heroin overdose in March, and pal and Lamb of God star Randy Blythe led Friday’s send-off with a eulogy as the festival began.

Brockie’s costume was laid out on a boat, which was launched into a lake and set on fire with a flaming arrow.

The Lamb of God star also posted a photo of the flaming pyre to Instagram.com, writing, “Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie… Watching my friend Dave’s costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends and family we had April Fool’s Day. I spoke at both of them, as Gwar asked me to, and both times as I spoke I was sad.

“But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just ‘left us’ – I never saw his body – and then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus – you are missed.”

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