Slipknot says Baldi manslaughter charges ‘outraged everyone in our family’

Posted on November 13, 2013


Posted on September 7, 2012 by Rachael Mattice

Slipknot says Baldi manslaughter charges ‘outraged everyone in our family’

By Rachael Mattice

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

See: Ex-Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s physician charged with 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 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.”

In reaction to this news, Slipknot released a statement based on the charges against Baldi.

Slipknot said, “”As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness.

“The fact that this person took advantage of our brother’s illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family. We can only hope that justice will be served so this can never happen to anyone else ever again!

“Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done.”

Baldi pleads not guilty to the charges against him and has been released from jail on $16,000 bail, reports MetalTalk.Net.

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

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