Public Memorial Announced For The Late Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis)

A public memorial for the late Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) will be held at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, TX on March 9. As previously reported, the singer sadly passed away on January 25 after battling esophageal cancer for close to two years. He was 56 years old.

The following statement was issued:

“We will come together to celebrate and remember a great man who touched the hearts of so many people in this world. We will show our love and support for his wife Jeanna, his daughter Chyna, his stepson Lyric, and Bruce’s amazing mother Glenda. We will celebrate in the most beautiful way possible by honoring Bruce’s final wishes to make his memorial just the way he wanted it. Additional details on special presentations, guest musicians, and other surprises are still being worked out. Stay tuned and You Know Damn Well!”

Here’s all the details for the memorial:

March 9, 2019 at Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas

Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Memorial: 7:00 p.m.

Live performances requested by Bruce:

Iron Jaw
Rabid Flesh Eaters

MCs:

Debbie Sexxton of 97.1 KEGL
“Thrashin” Alan of KNON Hardtime Radio

Eulogies by:

Scott Shelby (Warbeast)
Thrashin’ Alan
Casey Orr (GWAR)
Harden Harrison (ex-Rigor Mortis)

With this news, Warbeast have also announced that they will be releasing a box set featuring live audio from their first show and live footage from their final show with Corbitt. The members of the band have since shared new tributes for the frontman as well:

Scott Shelby: “Bruce and I have been friends since the late ’80s and were early pioneers in the Dallas/Fort Worth metal scene and later joined forces to form Warbeast. Bruce and I worked together as a team, or as he would say the dynamic duo. We both had a vision and our own skills to make it work and that’s how we did everything that you do in a band and it worked out great for us.

Unfortunately, you don’t notice all the great things in a person until they die and what my friend did for Texas metal and our scene and branching out to the rest of the world is a huge loss in itself let alone all he did for others in need; doing many benefit gigs for various people… everything he and we did was done in a big style with flawless production!

I could go on and on but all our peers in the business know what I’m talking about. There is a huge hole in my life, in our scene, and in the metal industry. He was a great man. I miss you, Bruce. We had so much unfinished business. Rest in Beast.”

Joey “Blue” Gonzalez: “Bruce Corbitt was my bandmate one of my best friends. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his help and guidance. He will always be with me on and off stage. We all will continue to share the music he created so the world will never forget. Corbitt Forever.”

Drew Shoup: “I was 17 years old and it was 2012. I was still in high school at a small ski resort town in Colorado called Crested Butte. There was absolutely no metal there and when Down/Warbeast came to Denver (which was five hours away) I knew I had to go. I hadn’t ever seen either band; I just knew of them through following Housecore.

That was the night that completely changed my life. After experiencing it I knew that THAT was what I wanted to do. Warbeast was so high energy and instantly became my favorite band. I was obsessed. Fast forward two years later and they had lost their guitar player. This was my chance.

I moved all the way from Colorado down to DFW just to try out and join this band. It was so surreal jamming along with these dudes that I idolized (and still do). Bruce brought in a 19-year-old kid and pretty much a complete stranger to join his band. I know he had so many other choices in this town that he could’ve picked but he gave me a chance and had faith in me.

Bruce made me feel so welcome in the Dallas scene and made me feel like a part of a family. He truly cared about people and he was a great man. He was always doing benefit shows in the scene and always involved. Watching him struggle and suffer in pain was the worst thing I’ve experienced yet.

Nobody deserves to go through that. Especially someone like Bruce. Playing alongside him and working with him was absolutely surreal and a dream come true. He was such a great bandmate, brother, father, son, singer, friend, and person in general. I would do anything to play one more show with him. I feel for his wife Jeanna, his daughter Chyna, and his stepson Lyric. Bruce is immortal now through his music in Warbeast and Rigor Mortis. He will be missed by everyone. Rest In Peace, Batman.”

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Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Dead At 56

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) has sadly passed away at the age of 56 after battling esophageal cancer for close to two years. His wife Jeanna commented:

“This is the bravest man I will ever know! He fought so hard and instead of 3 months, he ended up with 21 of them. I will love you forever for many reasons but most of all because of the way you loved me. ❤❤RIP Bruce Corbitt YOU KNOW DAMN WELL YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN❤❤”

You can help out Corbitt’s family with medical bills HERE.

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Offers Update From Hospice

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) has offered an update on his battle with esophageal cancer. The singer, who has now been admitted into a hospice, says he is on a 24-hour morphine drip and that he is hoping to end things on his own terms. Despite this, he said that he does plan to keep fighting and that he is also trying to finish a new book to raise money for his family. This sad news comes after Corbitt was previously showing positive signs following a clinical trial. You can help him out with medical bills HERE.

[via The PRP]

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Receives More Positive News In Cancer Battle

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) has shared a new video update on his battle with esophageal cancer and in the clip he revealed that recent treatments have led to the disease leaving lymph nodes that were previously affected making remission more possible. You can watch Corbitt discuss that below:

[via The PRP]

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Receives Positive News In Cancer Battle

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) has shared a new video update on his battle with esophageal cancer and in the clip he revealed that his blood counts have miraculously returned to normal. On top of that, he has also been approved for an injection that will help him fight the disease. You can watch Corbitt discuss that below:

In other news, Corbitt and his wife Jeanna recently renewed their vows at a public event, during which his daughter read a poem about her father’s cancer battle. Footage of that is available below:

[via The PRP]

“Thrash Out Cancer” Benefit To Be Held For Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Next Month

Epic Death’s Becky and Dennis Dorsett have organized a “Thrash Out Cancer” benefit concert for Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis), who is currently battling esophageal cancer. The show will be held on April 1 at Acadia Bar & Grill (Acadia Live) in Houston, Texas. Epic Death, Scrollkeeper, and more will perform at the event, which will also feature raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards Corbitt’s medical expenses, which total over $1 million from 2017 alone. Fans that can’t attend can help out by donating via FundRazr, and can also check out a live broadcast on TexasEdgeRadio.com.

Corbitt started his battle with esophageal cancer in 2017, and had to undergo extreme radiation and chemotherapy before surgery could be attempted. When he returned to the doctor in 2018, it was discovered that the cancer was still present and that it was at Stage 4. He was given three to six-months to live, but decided to get a second opnion. Insurance companies wouldn’t cover the second opinion at MD Anderson in Houston, leading to Corbitt having to get a second opinion in Dallas. After the visit, he was told there was a medical trial that he could participate in, but after he signed up for it, he was told that his cancer was not treatable with the trial treatment. Despite this, Corbitt continues to fight and has just finished his second round of extreme chemo.

Bruce’s wife, Jeanna Corbitt said the following:

“I can’t even imagine my world without my husband in it. We both feel so cheated out of our future together at this point. We try to make the best of every moment we have together, even when he feels terrible. He’s such a brave and tough man… MY Superhero!”

Dennis also commented:

“Bruce is my first thrash metal hero, from the moment we met back in our teenage years it has always been an honor to call him not only a friend but a brother.”

Becky added:

“Bruce and Jeanna are family first and foremost. Their trials become our trials and we stand together united to help anyway that we can.”

Adrenaline PR CEO/president Maria Ferrero continued:

“Bruce Corbitt is not only a sweetheart and a badass, but someone that I call a friend. He is one of us, and now is the time that we as a community should do anything we can to help.”

Warbeast’s Scott Shelby also had some words to say:

“I admire Bruce’s bravery and will to fight his battle with cancer. He has been headstrong in facing the facts and doing what he can to beat it while keeping good spirits and still loving his fans and family. His will is not going to break no matter what the news, and I look up to him for not giving up. His will may beat it alone, you never know. He is a good man and is a great influence to many people. I believe in him and he will win!”

Bands that wish to perform in an effort to help raise money for Corbitt can send an e-mail to epicdeath@epicdeath.net.

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Joins Clinical Trial For Cancer Treatment

In January 2018, it was revealed that the previous treatments for Bruce Corbitt’s (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) esophageal cancer were unsuccessful, but now it appears that there is still hope for him. The singer has gotten a second opinion, and is now set to undergo a clinical trial that could help prolong his life. He said the following:

“Got my 2nd opinion… they found me a clinical trial that is perfect for my situation. So I’ve just signed it to go for it. It will be immunotherapy for starters. So there is hope for me after all.”