Slipknot bassist Paul Gray found dead at central Iowa hotel

May 25th, 2010 - 4:43 am ICT by BNO News  

URBANDALE, IOWA (BNO NEWS) — Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead at a central Iowa hotel on Monday morning, officials said. He was 38.

Gray’s body was found at the TownePlace Suites in the city of Johnston, in Polk County, at around 10.50 a.m. Central time. “We had been contacted by hotel employees who found a deceased male,” Sergeant Dave Disney of the Urbandale Police Department said. “We have identified him as Mr. Gray.”

Polk County Medical Examiner Gregory Schmunk told BNO News that he would be performing an autopsy on Gray on Tuesday. “I will be performing the autopsy tomorrow morning,” Schmunk said. The coroner said Gray was pronounced dead on the scene at 10.58 a.m. Central time, and said his family had been notified.

Sgt. Disney said there is no indication of foul play at this time.

Slipknot, which was formed in 1995, is a heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. There are nine members of the band, including Paul Gray who was the bassist. Slipknot released their album “Slipknot” in 1999.

Slipknot is considered to be the pioneer of the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal”. In their earlier years their songs had various vocal styles, from growling to rapping and melodic singing. Recently they have relied more on the melodic singing.

Band members of Slipknot each wear a trademark jumpsuit and each wear a unique mask.

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