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Autopsy: GWAR guitarist died of heart condition

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's state coroner says the lead guitarist for the heavy metal band GWAR died of a heart condition. Records show that a drug screening detected cocaine and opiates in his system.

State medical examiner Dr. William Massello (muh-SEHL'-oh) III says in his report that Cory Smoot died of "coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease."

The formation of such blood clots can result in a heart attack.

The 34-year-old Smoot performed since 2002 under the name "Flattus Maximus" with the Virginia-based band known for its comically grotesque sci-fi/fantasy-based costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics.

He was found dead Nov. 3 on the GWAR tour bus in the North Dakota town of Pembina following a concert the night before in Minneapolis.

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