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Paul Gray
Paul Gray at Mayhem.jpg
Paul Gray in the band Slipknot (2008)
Background information
Born April 8, 1972(1972-04-08)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Died May 24, 2010(2010-05-24) (aged 38)
Urbandale, Iowa, United States
Genres Nu Metal
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1996–2010
Associated acts Slipknot, Reggie and the Full Effect
Website Slipknot Website

Paul Dedrick Gray (April 8, 1972 – May 24, 2010) was an American musician and bassist for Nu Metal band Slipknot. He was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Slipknot's home town when he was just a baby.

He was the only member of Slipknot who was not from Des Moines, Iowa.


On May 24, 2010, The Des Moines Register said that Gray had been found dead in a hotel room in the TownePalace Suites hotel in Urbandale, Iowa.[1]

An autopsy performed on June 21, 2010 showed that Gray died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl. It also showed that he had signs of a "significant heart disease".[2]

His physician Daniel Baldi was charged with involuntary manslaughter in September 2011. Baldi was accused of continuing to write high-doses of prescription drugs for Gray even though it was known that Gray was a known drug addict. He was also charged with the deaths of seven others and pleaded not guilty when he faced charges.[3]