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.”

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]

Warbeast To Play Full Set With Frontman Bruce Corbitt In October

Warbeast will be playing their first full set with frontman Bruce Corbitt in 18 months on October 20 at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX. Corbitt is still battling esophageal cancer, but he did receive some positive news back in June and has tried to keep everyone updated on his fight through Facebook. You can help him out with medical bills by donating via fundrazr.com. In other news, the band are reportedly planning to record a new EP as well.

[via The PRP]

Bruce Corbitt To Return To The Stage With Warbeast This Weekend

Bruce Corbitt recently revealed that he is moving closer towards remission in his battle against esophageal cancer and now there’s some more good news. The frontman has announced that he will be returning to the stage with Warbeast for a three-song set at this year’s Ft. Worth Weekly Awards on July 8.

Corbitt said the following:

“Greetings everyone! For those that haven’t already heard, Warbeast was asked to reunite to play a 3-song set at this year’s Ft. Worth Weekly Awards. Warbeast was chosen as part of their 2018 Hall of Fame Class. So I’ve decided to give it a shot for such a special occasion. Jono Garrett will be playing drums for us because Joey is out on tour.

The awards ceremony will be next Sunday evening, July 8th at the legendary Ridglea Theater. It is open to the public for $5. I think it’s something like 6:00 to 10:00 and our award and performance might be early.

Anyway, I’m really excited and thankful to the Ft. Worth Weekly for showing us this much appreciation. I’m proud that I’m even feeling good enough right now to be able to attempt it. But I do know my limitations and I will be careful.

All I know is I get to experience that feeling of being on stage again… and that’s why I keep on fighting. Because good things do finally happen if you can just hang in there long enough. You know damn well!”

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.”

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast/Rigor Mortis) Reveals That His Cancer Treatment Was Unsuccessful

Unfortunately, it appears that the treatments for Bruce Corbitt’s (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) esophageal cancer have been unsuccessful. At this point, doctors are saying he only has about two months to two years left to live. He revealed the extremely sad news in a series of Facebook posts, which you can read below.

Post 1:

“Bad news, ill give more details after I go get blood work with Chemo doctor. But my 7 month fight didn’t work. They say ill be lucky to make it another year.”

Post 2:

“There are no miracle cures going to save my situation. I know y’all mean well, but please spare me this don’t give up, don’t pay attention to their diagnosis and seek other hospitals a million miles away from me. None of that is going to happen. I won’t give up, but I’ve accepted there’s no chance. We can hope I make it another year or more if I’m lucky. But I’m mainly worried about having some quality life in my final days. So let’s see what kind of game plan we come up with. Love y’all and thanks again for helping me with this fight.”

Post 3:

“Chemo doc confirmed what I was already told….. I’m doomed. I’ll explain more details if I ever get my mind clear enough. Certainly they can’t predict an exact time ill die. It will obviously be longer or shorter than what they guess. But still same results in the end with no hopes of survival.

“Just added new appointment with my surgeon for in morning. After I see him the 3 of them will decide on a game plan and give me my options. But after what I was just told, I may not agree to their treatment options. Not because I’m giving up, but because I want to go out on my own terms.

“My regret now is not waiting to do the scan in early March. I would have at least had that time to think I still had hope. I would have probably been able to perform on April 21st when we renew our vows at the Rail Club. But if I agree to what they’re talking about doing, no way will I be able to perform that night. But hopefully I can at least renew my vows with Jeanna Corbitt. I feel so bad for her, she picked a lemon as a hubby and might be a widow before she reaches 50.

“I love y’all so much… fuck cancer!”

Post 4:

“Dear EVERYONE!

“I did my best to make myself and everyone else proud of me during this fight with Cancer. I’m not saying I’m giving up fighting when I report my results and prognosis. I will continue to fight until my last breath! I will also continue to try other cures besides those the specialists have tried.

“Anyway, I was also just told by my surgeon that there is no hope for me to beat this now. That’s 3 specialists that have all tried to find some way of still curing me after these recent scan results… and all 3 agree we can’t win now. I knew my surgeon would be the one to give me any hope at all if there was any at all… but he just couldn’t do it. He says his guess is it could be anywhere from 2 months to maybe 2 years…. living one year would be lucky. But of course no one can predict how fast this cancer will continue to spread and eventually kill me.

“What has happened is the cancer has spread into numerous lymph nodes around my Kidneys since the surgery 3 ½ months ago. It will continue to spread to other lymph nodes and then to my organs… we can only guess which one/ones that will be. Also there is some fluid in my left lung that could be benign or malignant.

“The specialists have talked over options like doing more chemo, or more radiation…. or both and then surgery… or just chemo and then surgery. But the surgeon admitted this would probably do more harm than good to remove these Lymph nodes… and it wouldn’t be a cure… or even guarantee I would live any longer. He said in his opinion I should take a little time to think about it. Then his 2 choices he suggested were that I just not do anything and try to live as good of life as I can in my time left. Or the other suggestion was to try one round of chemo and see if I can handle it.

“Remember I’m still very weak from this surgery and this time the chemo would be way more intense than the chemo he used on me months ago. Then if I can handle doing all the rounds of chemo… and a new scan showed it had done some good to the lymph nodes… then he would consider doing the surgery to remove them. But he said that the chances of that were like only 10% and that it still wouldn’t guarantee a longer life… or a much longer. So for those of you that are still wanting to have some kind of miracle… there is some slim and none hope left.

“Now they are also checking to see if my health insurance will cover me trying to go to MD Anderson in Houston for a few days to get a 2nd opinion and see if they have any other options. But my surgeon said they will just offer these same options… especially trying to give me chemo. But of course of insurance covers it… I will try anything. Just like I will continue to try cannabis oil and other types of cures some people believe in.

“Yes I’m in shock, devastated, discouraged, depressed, angry, upset etc. I fought so hard for 7 months. But I’ve only felt good maybe 3 weeks out of those 7 months. So my decision will take that into consideration. Because they are ready to start doing treatments very soon. But here I am in the last 2 weeks just now starting to feel better from the surgery… but still VERY WEAK. I still get winded very easily… so I’m probably still 2 or 3 months away from full recovery. So am I able mentally and physically to start over again with even more intense radiation and chemo etc.? I honestly don’t know!

“I may not have won this fight… but I did beat it longer than most would have. I got some extra time in life. I couldn’t have done it without my beautiful wife Jeanna Corbitt! The hardest part for me is just knowing that I will have to leave her. Seriously thanks all of you for believing in me and fighting hard right by my side. I know you will respect my decision on whether I continue anymore treatments or if I just live out the rest of my life.

“I may not get to finish my goals now… the book, the 2nd part of the Rigor documentary etc. But I’m still proud of everything I did accomplish as far as reaching other goals and dreams in my life. If I’m very lucky…. Maybe I will return to the stage one last time on April 21st… the night I renew my vows with Jeanna. That is one dream I hope I don’t have to give up too.

“So my friends… I admit I’m the last person ready to accept I’m going to die from this cancer. I love life so much! It’s hard to even concentrate on anything right now… time just goes so fast as it is. But it’s really going to go so fast for me now. I hope I get to spend some quality time with all of my friends before I go. Probably while I’m feeling decent is the best chance. Down the road I may get too sick to wanna see too many people. I know y’all will understand that too… if and when that time comes. I’m very thankful for having such a great Christmas and even a party on my Birthday last week. That night I will never forget…. I was feeling and looking good. I was so happy to see so many friends… and for that one night we were ALL were convinced I had beaten cancer. Thanks again y’all for throwing that party for me.

“FUCK CANCER and FUCK 2017!!!!”

You can help Corbitt out with medical bills HERE.

[via Metal Sucks]