This is officially the worst year ever for metal and heavy music.

Here’s the story from Blabbermouth:

According to the Des Moines Register, Urbandale, Iowa police are investigating the death of SLIPKNOT‘s bass guitarist at a local hotel.

Paul Dedrick Gray, 38, of Johnston was found dead at approximately 10:50 a.m. today by an employee at TownePlace Suites (pictured below), 8800 Northpark Drive, police said.

There was no evidence of foul play, police said.

According to, the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting in the death investigation and will perform an autopsy on Tuesday. Toxicology testing will be completed to determine if there were any contributing factors in the death of Gray, police said.

Witnesses reported that items from the hotel room were carried out of the hotel around 2 p.m.

This is terribly tragic news, and I give my condolences to his family and friends, as he left behind a wife and an unborn baby girl. Rest in peace, Paul.

I’m going to go put on some Slipknot in his memory. Here’s Paul playing with Slipknot in “Psychosocial.”


– JR

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