Morphine overdose killed Slipknot bassist

  • Mon Jun 21st, 2010 10:32pm
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Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — 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 Monday.

Paul Gray was found dead in a suburban Des Moines hotel room 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. They also said the autospy revealed signs of significant heart disease.

Gray, 38, 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.”