One of Iowa’s most famous bands, Slipknot, lost one of their co-founding members yesterday. Paul Gray was found dead by an employee on Monday at the TownePlace Suites in Urbandale. Gray, the bassist for the Grammy-winning band, was originally from Johnston and was only 38 years old.
Today’s autopsy report confirmed that there was no evidence of foul play in Gray’s death, and it also revealed no cause of death. Toxicology test results are still to be determined.
Fans of the band and local Des Moines residents mourn the loss of Gray. According to an article in the Des Moines Register, KAZR-FM (103.3) music director Andy Hall said, "I think Slipknot gave young music fans an identity and a real sense of pride for being from Des Moines…Paul had a lot going for him, and a lot coming.”
In a press conference tonight at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo arena, Slipknot band members remembered Gray.
“Yesterday we lost our brother, and the world seems a little smaller because of it,” Slipknot singer Corey Taylor said. “He was everything that was wonderful about this band and this group of people. The only way I can sum up Paul is 'love.’”
“It’s very important everybody understands Paul Gray was the essence of the band Slipknot,” fellow band co-founder M. Shawn Crahan said. “None of us would be on the path we’re on now in life or have the lives we have without him.” Joey Jordison was the third co-founding member of the band, which formed in 1995.
Gray and his wife were also expecting a child together. We must lift our thoughts and prayers to Gray’s family, as well as the band and their families. Prayers for comfort, peace and hope. Thoughts of sympathy and mercy. With so many questions unanswered and unknowns, we must rally around the friends and family of Slipknot and offer our prayers and words of support during this difficult time.
To see a live stream of thoughts, prayers and updates from community members, search for Slipknot or Paul Gray on Twitter. To send your condolences, follow and message Slipknot on Twitter or like them on Facebook and leave a comment. You can also find updates on the official Slipknot website.
*** Update: The Des Moines Register releases possible cause of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's death