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

GWAR guitarist died of heart attack, had cocaine in system

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GRAND FORKS - The hardcore metal rock musician found dead Nov. 3 on a tour bus in Pembina died of a heart attack and had cocaine and other drugs in his system, Sheriff Brian Erovick said Tuesday.


In fact, the "unattended death" of Cory Smoot, 34, was investigated as a possible crime scene by state and county law enforcement officers, according to documents obtained by the Herald Tuesday.

But no charges resulted from the investigation, Erovick said.

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