Veteran POISON IDEA rocker THOMAS 'PIG CHAMPION' ROBERTS has died. He was 47.

Roberts, a founding member of the punk band, died at his home in Portland, Oregon, on Monday (30JAN06). The cause of death is not yet known, reports MTV.

Roberts was dubbed 'Pig Champion' because of his weight, thought to be in excess of 180 kilograms (450 pounds).