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GWAR members stole late singer’s ashes: lawsuit

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 9:54 AM

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GWAR singer Dave Brockie performs as his character, Oderus Urungus. Brockie’s father is now suing the band.

The surviving members of metal band GWAR stole their dead frontman’s ashes from his father and once sent a portion of the remains to him in an old plastic bag with a credit card logo on it, the dad claims in a lawsuit.

William Brockie, father of late GWAR singer Dave Brockie, filed a $ 1 million suit against his son’s bandmates for stealing the late singer’s gear including instruments, ripping off his estate and trying to cash in on his likeness after his death last year, NBC News reported.

Dave Brockie, 50, who performed under the name “Oderus Urungus” for the cartoonishly grotesque band, died of an accidental heroin overdose in March 2014.

A band member found him sitting upright in a chair inside his Richmond home, police said.

In the suit, the elder Brockie contends the band and their management company, Slave Pit Inc., “immediately” sought to capitalize on the singer’s sudden death by stealing some of his property, including bass guitars, artwork and a gold record.

Guitarist Brent Purgason, aka Pustulus Maximus, is shown onstage in Seattle in November.Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic

Guitarist Brent Purgason, aka Pustulus Maximus, is shown onstage in Seattle in November.

The group also bilked Brockie’s estate out of the singer’s share of recent tour proceeds and cooked up forged documents saying they could use his likeness on new merch, according to the suit, NBC News reported.

Brockie also claims the band kept his son’s cremated remains locked up at their Richmond headquarters and wouldn’t give him access to them.

Eventually, though, they relented and sent him a small portion of the cremains in a used plastic bag with a Discover card logo on it, the suit said.

Brockie filed the suit in state circuit court in Richmond on Thursday.

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Dave Brockie, shown in July 2012, died in March 2014 of an accidental heroin overdose.

The band hasn't commented on the lawsuit.Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic

The band hasn’t commented on the lawsuit.

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  • SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 12: Members of GWAR perform live on November 12, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic)

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The band hasn’t commented on the lawsuit.

Dave Brockie and his bandmates formed GWAR as Virginia Commonwealth University arts students in the early 1980s.

The band went on to achieve cultish success over the next 30 years and even snagged a Grammy nod in 1992 for their feature film, “Phallus in Wonderland.”

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