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Cory Smoot of GWAR, as himself and as Flattus Maximus. (Photo:

GWAR Autopsy: Heart disease, cocaine killed rocker

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North Dakota's forensic medical examiner found that drug use combined with heart disease led to the heart attack that killed heavy-metal guitarist Cory Smoot last month in Pembina, N.D.


A report released Wednesday to the Herald provides official details of his death at 34. He was in his band Gwar's tour bus in Pembina, N.D., Nov. 3 when the tour manager discovered him dead.

Dr. William Massello III performed the autopsy in Bismarck the following day.

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