Jun 21, 2010 10:14 PM by Chris Welty

Slipknot Bassist Died of Morphine Overdose

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - 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
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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