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Autopsy reports Des Moines musician Paul Gray of Slipknot died of accidental morphine overdose

A medical examiner ruled today that the cause of death for Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, 38, was an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, which is a synthetic morphine substitute that may be more than 100 times more potent than morphine. He did not have a prescription for either of the drugs. Police are currently searching where the musician attained them.

Gray was discovered dead May 24 by an employee of TownePlace Suites in Urbandale with pills and a hypodermic needle next to his body, which was reported in the 911 call.

According to the Des Moines Register:

Polk County Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Schmunk said today that the two injected drugs killed Gray, and that the pills were not a factor. Schmunk and an Urbandale police spokesman declined to disclose what pills that were found in Gray’s room.

Gray said in a 2008 interview with Revolver Magazine that he had had near-death experiences with heroin before…

Gray also suffered from significant heart disease at the time of his death, Schmunk said.

Gray and his wife were expecting a daughter together. We mourn with her and Gray’s loved ones. Knowing how it has all happened is very difficult.

Here in Des Moines, we feel as though we have lost a part of ourselves, a great musician to come from Iowa. He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with his family, friends and band mates. We must rally around the friends and family of Slipknot and offer our prayers and words of support during this difficult time.

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