Slipknot bassist Paul Gray found dead at 38

Slipknot-Paul-Gray-diedImage Credit: Annamaria DiSantoMultiplatinum nu-metal collective Slipknot, known for their ever-present face masks, horrorcore imagery, and theatrical stage shows, lost bassist Paul Gray today; he was 38.

TMZ says, via information obtained from the Urbandale Police Department, that Gray’s body was found by an employee at an Iowa hotel early this morning, and the Des Moines Register has reported that there is no evidence of foul play; an autopsy with toxicology tests is scheduled for tomorrow, May 25.

The band’s publicist verified his death, but did not provide additional details: “I can confirm that the news is sadly true,” she tells EW, “But that is all I can offer at this time.”

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  • Molly

    this band scares the living daylights outta me, but this is still sad. RIP.

    • YummYumm

      Paul Gray and the rest of the Slipknot members rocked the eff out live!!!!! R.I.P

      • Madonna’s Mad Acting Skillz

        So does this mean he’s gonna be on the next season of LOST?

      • Madonna’s Bad Acting Skillz

        Well played. Macabre, but well played.

      • ****

        Good riddance to bad human waste.

      • clayton essary

        he was a great bass player and R.I.P

    • DrChocolate999

      This band is as scary as a kitten in a basket of cotton balls. They’re Kiss for the intellectually derelict and unwashed mall kids trying to provoke daddy.

      You want something scary? Try Watain, or early Mayhem, or Burzum.

      This isn’t to besmirch this unfortunate man’s death, or the impact it has on his fans and family and bandmates … but slipknot is really not scary.

    • crispy

      This is what God does to people of this lifestyle, sad as it maybe, perhaps “cool kids” who like this band can learn a lesson from this. Perhaps listening to music by Justin Bieber is what God would like? I highly doubt he will die at 38.

      • Josh

        ya know music is a lifestyle your so called god didnt say no to. Did he ever specify what kind of music to listen to? and to say this on a blog about Paul “The Pig” Grey? :.Slipknot junky 4lyfe.: Rest in peace #2

      • The Vidit

        You must be kidding me. How do you know he didn’t live a “blessed” life. How dare you say this is God’s work. You bible thumpers are something else, what would your water walking zombie say to your condemnation? So much for live and let live and turn the other cheek.

      • DrChocolate999

        @Crispy
        Obvious troll is obvious.

      • Debra

        God does worse to people who judge; leave that job up to him. Paul was a husband and soon to be father, have some compassion. As for your comparing Justin Bieber to a Godly music figure; Who’s to say Justin Bieber won’t turn out to be another Miley Cyrus? Innocence to deviance in the blink of an eye. For Paul Gray’s Family, who you don’t have any right to say anything about, my heart is with you.

      • Jered39

        Crispy… go to hell :)

      • Jtoz

        Ohh btw who said you have the right to judge ppl. you don’t know justin beber for all you know he’s smoking PCP in his hotel room with a few nasty ass hookers by the name of marie and you have to know when he turns 18 he will become a trian wreck like erry adolecent singer/actor. btw HAIL SATAN

  • Pamela Ynoa

    That’s just sad :( didn’t expect that to happen even though I don’t listen to their music..RIP

    • Tego_Livi

      I’ve never heard of them before–but that doesn’t mean it isn’t sad.

  • Allen Gomez

    i love this band and i cant believe he’s really gone, i give my condolences to Paul Gray’s family and friends. RIP

  • taylor maxwell

    i’m speehless. :(

  • steve

    NO! the pig is gone i cant believe it paul gray was and is the best bassist i know all i can say is RIP and stay sic…

    • BORIS

      YOU DON’T KNOW MANY BASS PLAYERS I GUESS

      • buford

        what is your gig boris you instantly assume drugs is the cause of loss I ASSUME THAT IS YOUR DEMISE

      • Big Bawls McPeen

        Agreed. I couldn’t even hear his bass tones on the records until the guitarists stopped playing.

  • bryan galeas

    i got a big head

  • Jered39

    MAN! THAT REALLY REALLY BYTES! WHY GOD, WHY? ALL HOPE IS GONE, FOR REAL! UNBELIEVABLE! IM LEAVING WORK EARLY! THIS CANT BE! AAHHH!!!

  • angeljake

    very sad…

  • Kris

    To Paul & Slipknot.

    -Thank you for the music, you inspire and will continue to inspire many for generations to come.

    RIP Paul.

  • matthew griffiths

    paul gray was a epic bassist and well slipknot will not be the same with out the orignal 9 of them rip paul

  • Jeff

    this is a very sad time. had the chance to see them when they came to Montana, but they had to cancel as Joey was sick. deep regrets that i will never see the “true” Slipknot….

  • krak

    EW can’t even get a picture with his face in it?

    • R.I.P p. Gray

      Boris why don’t you shut the hell up. He didn’t deserve to die and don’t call him a junkie, even If he did do drugs. So just shut the f up!

  • BORIS

    THE CLOWN WAS 38 AND STILL DOING DRUGS…WTF DO YOU EXPECT?…ONE LESS JUNKIE TO STINK UP THE WORLD.

    • captive

      blow it out your ass boris

    • buford

      f you heartless nothing all hope is gone because of you and your thoughts give mankind a chance to survive

    • Wood

      Grow up man get a life your heartless

    • Hayley Hayward

      a lot of people do drugs. so what they deserve to die? if thats your view on the world then a majority of the population would be dead. stop being so narrow minded!

    • Jered39

      Suck these nutz, you limp biskit groupie!

    • your name

      ya and when you die it will be one less junkie again right, you low life why dont you just keep your mouth shut if you dont like slikpknot why are you leaving comments?!

  • Bobby Yanke

    R.I.P Paul, Hope Slipknot can Still Rock Out!!!!!

  • Shawn

    R.I.P that is sad because there music is good and he will be missed

    • clayton essary

      do you think that thay will find a new bass player as good as him and R.I.P

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