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Public memorial planned for GWAR founder

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Fans of GWAR will have a chance to pay tribute to singer and founder Dave Brockie in Henrico this summer.

The Richmond-band's manager released a statement Tuesday saying a public memorial to honor Brockie, also known under the stage name Oderus Urungus, will be held at Hadad's Lake on August 15. 

Click here to see Brockie's obituary: http://bit.ly/1dweAJP

The memorial will be held the day before the band's GWAR-B-Q at the lake. So far, there's no word on who will play at the show, though the band has hinted it will continue in Brockie's memory.

Law enforcement sources say the investigation is leading them to believe Brockie's death Sunday was drug-related, but the Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause. The investigation will include a toxicology report, which could take months. Foul play is not expected, according to police.

Brockie was just 50-years-old when he was found dead in his Richmond home on West Seminary Avenue.

Outlandish costumes and theatrics attracted many to become fans of GWAR. The heavy metal band rocked out for almost three decades.  On stage, Brockie went by the name Oderus Urungus.

The band's success includes two Grammy nominations, multiple TV appearances and a worldwide following.

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