Doctor Charged in Death of Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Acquitted


According to, the doctor who treated Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (pictured left) has been acquitted of seven counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Daniel Baldi was accused of causing deaths of Gray, who died in 2010, and eight others with his careless prescription habits. His lawyer argued that none of the patients in question died from overdoses of drugs the doctor had prescribed.

Gray’s widow, Brenna Gray, testified on April 22 in the trial, saying her husband’s final weeks were a “blur of extreme drug abuse,” which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront. She said Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax for her husband, despite knowing he was a drug addict, saying, “I just wasn’t really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction.”

Gray’s autopsy results stated he had died of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl and had shown signs of “significant heart disease.”

Baldi still faces several civil lawsuits as well as administrative charges from the Iowa Board of Medicine.

Besides his wife Brenna, Gray is survived by their daughter, October, who was born after his death.


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  • Stacey Holt

    It upsets me to know Brenna Gray blames the rest of Slipknot for what happened to Paul. They did what they could to help their friend, and you can’t help someone who doesn’t want the help.

    • Shaun Couper

      According to her, they didn’t try to help. Apparently one of them was too busy playing golf, and in her words, they said to her that Paul was “her problem”. Sounds like she is trying to find someone to blame for the loss of her husband, which is quite understandable, however, if what she said about the other members of Slipknot is true, they will have to live with that guilt for the rest of their lives.

  • Samael_Wolf

    Nobody forced the pills down his throat , that was his decision. Everyone tries to assign blame everywhere except where it belongs. Pull yourselves up by your boot straps and move the fuck on.

    • Shaun Couper

      Losing a significant other will do crazy things to your emotions. But yeah, no point in playing the blame game at this point. Let the man rest in peace.

    • Brandonb70

      Except you shouldn’t prescribe pills when they are needed and at the rate which they are need. If someone has a months worth of pills and the come back 3 or 4 days later that should tell you something, he obviously has no regard for his patience safety, and while I agree that Paul made his own choices no helping when you know he has issues and adding to his problems makes him partially responsible.

      • Evelz6

        Some one makes sense around here. People here dont know wtf they are talking about when they say he did it all to himself.

    • MrStrangolapreti

      One-step program – bite the bullet.

  • nuuunyuhhh

    Of course shes gonna blame someone its part of the 5 stages of greif

  • MrStrangolapreti

    Slipnot, Biohazard.. all those bands are scuffling.

  • nich

    I have been prescribed many different pain killers, uppers, downers, all arounders. We make our own life choices. Blaming someone else is weak sauce…

    • Evelz6

      Sure… Especially when they are the ones handing it to you… I guess Mihael Jackson killed himself when his doctor just kept feeding him drugs to get a paycheck too right?

      • nich

        Michael killed himself.. YES.. He was a junkie and a product of his own life choices. Now you are on the right track. quit blaming everyone else for our own choices. the warnings and labels are there. I know I won’t use a hair dryer while taking a shower… Same goes for everything else.

  • Amanda Marie

    I don’t have a license to practice and I’m going to try my best to not sound like the psych major nerd that I am, but I will say this. There is a lot about the Nu metal scene now that just isn’t the same and I can’t say I look up to a lot of these bands like I used to. Not just SlipKnot, but a lot of bands I notice have to take a step back and figure what are they going to do because they can’t scream forever. Marilyn Manson is an artist and a writer and Maynard James Keenan has his winery, no one can get creative themselves? I’m always going to hold self titled and Iowa to my heart, but subliminal and on…. it’s just not the same. If anything, I hope they learn some way to advocate good and new oncoming music, because this new shit coming out with oversized ear gages, tight pants, screaming then melodic scene is just pathetic. Pathetic isn’t even the word for it.

    As far as this case goes, I just hope that the little girl Paul and Brenna had, has a future. I hope that she will be in a good place and everyone is thinking for this girl. Every baby girl deserves to have a father that is going to be her first love and her only hero in this life and she isn’t going to experience that. She won’t have that, and that is going to hurt. She has to learn and grow in a different way now and I hope that there is all the help that the mother can get. That baby better be loved and protected more than anyone else would ever allow them to for themselves.

    It shouldn’t be about everyone’s ego and whose to blame anymore.Addiction is a topic that no one is going to ever agree on. Paul either did it to himself or there should have been a better support system as much of an oxymoron it is to be in a heavy metal band and have that. I think everyone is at fault in their own way, and addictive disorders are never invested to be treated well enough. There’s always an emphatic in the problem and not enough recognition for solutions. Even if it is just cutting the person out of your life.

    • Evelz6

      Wtf are you ranting about??

      • Amanda Marie

        Make of it what you will. I was only trying to say mostly that I hope baby October will have a good future and the topic of addiction is a pressing issue, and just overall I have an opinion about slip knot and the music in general now. I wasn’t ranting at all.

        • Artha96

          ….no…no I think you were just seeking attention… you kind of just put every ones feelings into 600+ words just so people would see your ridiculously large comment.
          And it’s a good thing you weren’t trying to sound like a psych major, because you didn’t.

          Also, say Slipknot’s newer material is pathetic again, and we will find you.

          Sulfur, Psychosocial, All Hope is Gone, The Virus of Life, Welcome
          You’ve heard these songs yes?

          Regardless, we don’t need fake fans like you going around trying to push real fans into your twisted view of the music scene. why don’t you learn to adapt and change like most bands do, because I’m pretty sure if Slipknot sounded EXACTLY the same these days as they did 10 years ago, I wouldn’t listen to them.

          • Spike Bates

            Slipknot may have had some good songs on their newer records but that doesn’t make up for the albums as a whole. Coming from a guy with a Slipknot tattoo on his shoulder, I have to agree with Amanda. Slipknot lost the trait that drew me into their music in the first place. I really hope they go deeper into their roots and come up with some really driving shit. The past two records disappointed me.

            But can we stay on topic here and support those Paul left behind…

          • Amanda Marie

            Thank you, my point exactly.