It's been a whole month since 34-year-old GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, was found dead on the band's tour bus by his fellow band members. His family and friends have not only had to deal with a huge loss, but also the unknown- the reason for his death. The coroner has completed the autopsy and has determined the cause of death.

Smoot's family, as well as Slave Pit Inc. have just released a statement regarding the cause of death determined by North Dakota coroner William Masselo, MD:

We have finalized the autopsy report and death certificate. I have determined that Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.

It is nothing but a tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with Smoot's family and friends. Unfortunately, most of the time, the death of young musicians are usually brought upon by themselves, so hopefully the fact that the cause of death in this case was natural and not intentional will bring a little relief and closure to the family, especially so close to the holidays.

GWAR will finish out their current tour, sans the talented guitarist, and currently have no plan of finding a new one. The character of Flattus Maximus is permanently retired.

Metal Blade and GWAR have since set-up the Smoot Family Foundation to raise funds for Cory's wife, Jaime, and their unborn child. Donations can be made here. Also, at The Canal Club in Richmond, Va. on Jan. 7 there will be a record release show (featuring Mensrea, Cannabis Corpse, DBX and more) for Cory's solo record, 'When Worlds Collide,' which he had completed working on just prior to his death. The album will be released early next year, with all proceeds going to the Smoot Family Fund.

What were/are your reactions to his death and what GWAR and fellow bands are doing in his honor?