Slipknot bassist died of morphine overdose

Paul Gray AP – FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2005 file photo, Paul Gray from the group Slipknot arrives for the 47th Annual …

DES MOINES, Iowa – Autopsy results show the bassist for heavy metal band Slipknot died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute, police said Monday.

Paul Gray, 38, was found dead in a suburban Des Moines hotel room on May 25. A hotel worker told a 911 dispatcher that a hypodermic needle was found near Gray's body and that pills also were found in the room.

The autopsy shows he died of an overdose, Urbandale police said in a news release. They also said the autopsy revealed signs of significant heart disease.

No evidence has been found showing Gray had a prescription for the drugs, police spokesman Sgt. Dave Disney said. Police are trying to find out how Gray got them.

"There is no evidence that a doctor prescribed either one of those substances," Disney said.

Disney said charges are possible but that it is too early to discuss specifically what those charges could be.

A person answering the phone at Slipknot's record company, New York-based Roadrunner Records, declined to comment and said that there would be no official comment from the company or band until one is posted on the band's website. No such statement was posted on Slipknot's website as of late Monday afternoon.

Phone listings for his wife, Brenna Gray, and Corey Taylor, a founding member of the band, were not immediately found.

Gray was a co-founder of the Des Moines-based band known for its grotesque masks, thrashing sounds and aggressive, dark lyrics.

Slipknot emerged in the mid-1990s and its 1999 debut album sold about 2 million copies. The band won a Grammy in 2006 for best metal performance for the song "Before I Forget."

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    Ryen Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:18 pm PDT Report Abuse
    @ Woot

    You seem to be fairly well versed in the Christian scripture, so you should understand the following excerpts...

    "The wages of sin is death" and also not to be overlooked, "before removing the splinter from your brothers eye, first remove the rafter from your own..."

    No doubt he may have taken the life given to him for granted, but it is not your place to judge him for it. After all, God gave him and everyone else free will... He has paid for his sins by way of death, let it be and let God make the final judgment. You don't know his life and you don't know what caused him to partake to the point of overdosing...Not saying it was right of course, just saying.

    Now for my POV as a maggot...Slipknot has not and never will be a cog in the HOLLYWOOD machine. They have not striven for popularity or massive amounts of money. They have only sought to make music that expressed themselves and the real fans know that. Don't cheapen that with your tirade.
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    private Tue Jun 22, 2010 09:21 pm PDT Report Abuse
    good people give me a break. He was trash.
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    Cookie Tue Jun 22, 2010 05:20 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Thing of it is, it's just plain sad...
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    George Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:46 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Just one of the many in entertainment seriousl abusing drugs.Between getting same prescriptions from different doctors.The thing is when your taking drugs to get high you need more and more to get the same affect.His death is just the extension of this cycle of abuse.The only way alot of the entertainment industries stars could come to their senses is a overdose some survive to repeat the cycle and others dont like this gentlemen.But seriously where was he getting these 2 drugs that saying they are strong is an understatement. Maybe some hard public service announcements would help or drug testing if under contract doubt if that would work because the major pronlem here is enabling by agents studios record labels dont want to rock the boat.I guess it will be business as usual and others will die maybe a morals clause where contacts could be voided.
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    Bobbie Sanders Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:38 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Playing music is a blessing yet a curse, it is a phenominal feeling to wield that power thru your hands, voice, or whatever. Music draws people to you and around you as if you are the light and they are the moths. Alot of times after the party and everyone loving you so much, the lights go out and the moths leave. Then we musicians are left alone. Being a musician can be a very lonely and painful world. My heart goes out to this man's family, friends, and fans. Not my type of music, but he was a fellow musician. My kids are Slipnot fans, I'm sure this will impact them. May God have mercy on Paul's soul and I hope other folks can see addiction is a disease not a choice. Don't play with addiction, get help no matter what. there are people who care even when we don't care for ourselves.
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    stephen Tue Jun 22, 2010 08:54 am PDT Report Abuse
    You play, you pay. Lots of overdoses worldwide on these drugs. People just want to keep pushing their own limits. They get to a point where theres no place to go. They have nothing to live for and a buzz is all they can hope for, and that buzz is harder to find all the time. They need Jesus. He can fix your life. Dont end up like this man and so many others. Ask Jesus for His help today.
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    peter c Tue Jun 22, 2010 08:45 am PDT Report Abuse
    You live by the drugs, and you die by the drugs.
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    Franco Tue Jun 22, 2010 08:41 am PDT Report Abuse
    A note for Michael Crumb,

    Corey Taylor was NOT a founding member of the band. He joined in 1997.
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    SoxFan Tue Jun 22, 2010 08:37 am PDT Report Abuse
    The person who wrote this article knows nothing about the band. Corey Taylor is the lead vocalist, however he isn't a founding member of the band. And their debut didn't come out in 1999. Anders Colsefni is the original vocalist, and the debut was an album called "Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat" that came out in 1996. Do some research next time!
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    jacer67401 Tue Jun 22, 2010 08:35 am PDT Report Abuse
    My BF's Dad died in April they found him with Meth and Meth pipe in mouth, he had a heart attack while smoking up, and he is still having to fight with all the Lawyers, Bankers, and the Law, his father is dead, cremated and buried, they are all trying to go after him for his fathers @#$% ups. The Law is talking about charges too, it's like who are you going to charge he was in his truck in Arizona in a truck-stop, and my BF had not talk to him in 2 years, who are you going to file charges on, the guy that sold him the Meth, who ever that was and where ever that was between Kansas and Arizona? It's all bull $hit they are just looking for someone to stick with the bill for the clean up cost, and the manpower for the cops.

    In this case, if someone checked him in the room and left him to die, or something like that they might have a case, but that would be hard to prove too.J

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