Ex-Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s physician charged with involuntary manslaughter

Posted on November 13, 2013

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Ex-Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s physician charged with involuntary manslaughter

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By Rachael Mattice

Two years after the untimely death of Slipknot bass player Paul Gray, his physician Dr. Daniel Baldi was charged yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa for involuntary manslaughter.

On May 24, 2012, Gray was found dead in an Urbandale, Iowa hotel room. Autopsy reports listed the cause of death was an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl. Gray’s autopsy also revealed that he had suffered significant heart disease when he was found, according to MetalTalk.Net. It has not been confirmed if the illness had any correlation with his death.

Gray’s doctor, Daniel Baldi has been accused of over-prescribing narcotic painkillers to Gray in addition to seven other victims who died, according to NME and MetalTalk.Net.

The Des Moines Register quoted documents that claimed Baldi “did unintentionally cause the death of Paul Gray by the commission of an act likely to cause death or serious injury, to-wit,

continually wrote high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from December 27, 2005 until his death.”

Health authorities have also recently shut down Baldi’s clinic in Iowa. He is facing additional administrative charges from the Iowa Board of Medicine, leading to the suspension of his medical license, NME reports.

If Baldi is convicted for the involuntary manslaughter and administrative charges, he faces up to 16 years in prison.

After Gray’s death, bassist Donnie Steele has filled the vacant position for past tours including this summer’s Mayhem Festival and Slipknot’s Knotfest.

Slipknot is supposed to release a statement later today about the case.

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached  on Twitter @RachaelM_JC. 

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