Bassist Paul Gray found dead at 38


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The last few months have been hard ones for heavy metal. Pete Steele, James "The Rev" Sullivan, and the seemingly immortal Ronnie James Dio all passed away within a relatively short time. And now, they've got another metal legend for company.

Bassist Paul Gray of Slipknot, Unida, and Hail! was found dead in his hotel room in Urbandale, Iowa, at 10:50 AM on Monday, May 24, 2010. Toxicology reports have not been released, but Gray had been battling a heroin addiction for quite some time. Foul play seems not to have been a factor.

Article on Ultimate-Guitar.com

Article on the Des Moines Register Online

News report from KCCI Iowa News 8

Now, I'm not going to lie, as much as some people knock Slipknot for being a nu-metal band, I really dug them as a teenager, and still do. Slipknot, along with Seether, Social Distortion, and Rollins Band, was one of my "gateway drugs" into music, and they've put out a number of monstrous, head-banging jams.

Paul, you will be missed. I'll play you off with my favorite Slipknot track: "Left Behind"


Same here. I hear the knocks and I tend to avoid most of those 'nu-metal' bands, but Slipknot was/is something else and it sucked to read about this. As for the toxicology report -- it's normal for it to take up to a week to hear something back on it, so not having anything available after the initial autopsy is standard.

Regardless of the circumstances, it's a damn shame.


The Slipknot press conference almost moved me to tears. they weren't hiding behind being rockstars or whatever, they were all really sad, and this hit them really really hard.

Liberty's Edge

Shanwolf wrote:
The Slipknot press conference almost moved me to tears. they weren't hiding behind being rockstars or whatever, they were all really sad, and this hit them really really hard.

Linked for everyone else.

That interview felt like a punch in the gut. Seeing them all without masks gave the whole press conference a really sobering feeling.

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