Slipknot Loses Founding Member
Paul Gray, founding member of heavy metal band Slipknot was found dead in his TownePlace Suites hotel room in Urbandale, Iowa on Monday morning by a hotel employee. Gray, age 38, helped create the head banging group in which members concealed their identity with grotesque masks in 1995.Gray also known as #2 or ‘The Pig’ is survived by his wife of two plus years Brenna who is pregnant with their first child. Cause of death is still not known and according to police no foul play is suspected, although a full investigation is underway and an autopsy by the Polk County Medical Examiner’s office is scheduled for Tuesday.
In 2003 Gray who has a history of substance abuse crashed his car into another vehicle and was arrested after police found marijuana, and cocaine among other drug paraphernalia in his car. The arrest stirred controversy among the legion of Slipknot fans often called “maggots” due to the release of the mug shot since no member of the band aside from lead singer Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root had pictures of their face available. He was one of three original members left in the group at the time of his death.
The heavy metal community is shocked at the latest tragedy to hit this week since the passing of metal legend Ronnie James Dio and Type o Negative front man Peter Steele and now Gray. The Internet is flooded with tributes from distraught fans and his own peers in the music industry. “I’m so crushed to hear of the passing of Paul Gray” Shadows Fall singer Brian Fair told MTV News. “He was a great musician and underrated song writer, just a truly warm soul.”
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