Update: Doctor Charged with Manslaughter for the Death of Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray, Band Issues Statement

Dr. Daniel Baldi has been officially charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of eight people, including Slipknot bassist Paul Gray.

Baldi, who is also facing suspension of his medical licence due to administrative charges from the Iowa Board of Medicine, is accused of prescribing irresponsibly high doses of prescription painkillers to his patients. Gray died of an accidental overdose in June of 2010.

The doctor could face up to 16 years in jail if convicted.

“None of it is going to bring back our brother Paul,” Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan told the Des Moines Register, adding, “Hopefully justice will be served.”

Update: Slipknot have released an official statement on the matter. It reads:

“As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness. The fact that this person took advantage of our brother’s illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family. We can only hope that justice will be served so this can NEVER happen to anyone else ever again! Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done.”

 

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  • Bonez1319

    The members of Slipknot need to be strong and not let this man get away with his actions even slightly.

    • deviousintellect

      Amen.

    • JR

      Agree with you completely. Disgusting news.

  • J

    This guy needs to serve the time. He doesn’t deserve to call himself a doctor.

  • freefaller82

    Everyone always looks to blame someone for somebody else’s actions. Yes, the doctor should have his license taken away for over-prescribing his patients. There’s no excuse for that kind of reckless and unprofessional behavior. But it was Paul Gray’s ultimate decision to take the drugs. Nobody has deadly pills in their possession with intent on taking them without knowing the consequences. But regardless of who’s fault it is, this is a sad story. R.I.P. Paul. Your music has and always will kick ass!

    • metalhead49424

      How would Paul Gray have known that the amount of pills that were prescribe would kill him? He trusted his doctor.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sebas.talbot Sebas Talbot

        i take pills and i know that if i pop all the freaking bottle i will die!!Nobody have to tell me that.

        • stella

          real talk.
          i’ll get a lot of hate for this, but ultimately it’s Paul’s fault. even if you’re over-prescribed, you’re given a correct amount to take. he knew what he was doing when he took more than the foretold amount.

          • stillness258

            high doses,,,meaning he was told to take too much than he should have been.

          • metalhead49424

            Exactly! This doctor told him to take too much.

          • Andrew Ray

            Jesus, did everyone read this article incorrectly. The doctor prescribed HIGH DOSES. Example: maybe instead of being told to take 1 pill at a time, he was told to take 4.

          • Jenn

            Why would they want to READ it? That would be to easy to read and then comprehend what has been read. Even I read that the doctor is in trouble for prescribing high doses. That’s why I wondered why everyone was still blaming Paul. I take medication, I know that if I take to much I could die. But Paul was taking what was prescribed to him not more than he was supposed to be taking (ultimately it was more than he should have been taking but not according to his prescription). It’s also easier to blame a dead person and act like it was their own fault instead of actually reading the article and understanding it. I’m glad you took the time to read it :)

          • markuu6378

            Instead of 500mg he probably perscribed him 1000mg or 1500mg.

          • curtis9989

            your fucken stupid it aint his fault you dont know how much he depended on his docter its all the docters fault he can fuckin rot

      • JohnnyCNote

        Any addict I’ve known knows the dangers, even though s/he may prefer to live in denial. If they don’t get their drugs from a doctor, they’ll get them on the street. All the laws in the world won’t change that . . .

    • HARDROCKFAN

      Ditto man, ditto best bassist i ever heard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adam.biersack Adam Biersack

    This man deserves more than 16 years! not only has he practically killed 16 people but, PUAL GRAY! R.I.P. Slipknot stay strong

  • http://www.facebook.com/callumlenehan Callum Lenehan

    Disgraceful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.buzard.1 Dave Buzard

    You mean you can be convicted of manslaughter and NOT lose your medical license????

    • Adam

      I think it means the other way around. He might lose his medical license regardless of whether or not he is found guilty of manslaughter.

  • kg14

    True freefaller82. You can take a whole bottle of Tylenol and die from that! Sad either way!

  • http://www.facebook.com/J.Arturo.PD Arturo Perez

    O.K. It was Paul’s choice to take the drugs but he wasn’t a doctor so he trusted that the amount of pills was correctly prescribed by his doctor, I mean he trusted his doctor, and apparently his death wasn’t the only one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zach-Blackwell/1313064708 Zach Blackwell

    I was blown away by this. We had the same doctor.

  • Johnny

    Your body is a messed up thing sometimes. One day being able to do something and being fine where the next day having the same thing done will filp ur body upside down. I think that daniel will get what he truly deserves in the end when it all comes down to it. Its because of the docters like daniel that when u go to the hospital for broken bones and have extreme pain they give u headache meds and think ur just a pill junkie. Paul was truly one of a kind and very gifted at what all he accomplished and left behind for the world. R.I.P. Paul

  • DERP

    ROFL yeah blame the doctor because this dickhead overdosed on painkillers… You’re all fucking stupid and knowing the “maggot” fanbase you’re probably all 13. Look at it this way. If a doctor told you to jump off a bridge would you do it because a doctor told you to? NO YOU WOULDN’T. Obviously pain meds are dangerous. SO USE YOUR BEST FUCKING JUDGEMENT when using drugs. After you take one or two pills, wait a while, then ask yourself… do I feel dizzy? do I feel sick? if you answered yes to any of those two questions. DON’T TAKE ANY MORE FUCKIN PILLS. Fuckin Iowa in general needs to grow a brain.

    • DERP

      Also. legalize marijuana. Then this would of never happened.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tokee420 Ben Bates

        i agree with you about the marijuana part but not everyone in iowa is a fucking retard. Shit happens. This doctor was prescribing drugs that people didnt need, or at a level that was to high. He fucked up. He knows it. End of story. Shit happens. It is what it is.

    • stillness258

      Do you know for a fact that wasnt the first time he took the pills? And if a doctor tells me “Here, you take 3 of these and they will help your pain”, knowing full well that he the recommended dose is 1, but he doesnt see any harm. He’ll just up the dosage so your pain goes away…you would have a slight case if just Paul Gray died, but 8 ppl died because of this.

    • metalhead49424

      I actually can’t stand Slipknot (I’m 18 as well by the way. Don’t make accusations you have no proof of). I am a proponent of justice and this man needs to be brought to justice. I don’t look at this and say, “He killed Slipknot’s bassist! He should be thrown in jail.” I say, “This man is responsible for the deaths of eight people and should therefore be jailed and have his license revoked.” This is bigger than Slipknot. Eight families have been tragically altered due to this man’s horrible actions. And in regards to your comment about jumping off a bridge, that is called common sense. The people who died from the overdoses were trusting a medical judgment of a man who, they believed, knew what he was talking about. They most likely had no knowledge of the side affects or safe dosages of the medication prescribed. And “Iowa in general needs to grow a brain”? You do not know the entire population of Iowa, and therefore cannot make a statement like that. That would be the same as me saying “Muslims over in Iran need to grow a brain.” It is a generalization made with no information to support your argument. So, next time you go to make a statement like that, don’t.

      • Wendy

        8 famililes whose loved one chose to take these pills, who chose to mix them with alcohol or other medications/drugs. 8 people who were addicts!!!! It is absolutely laughable that you guys would point a finger at a doctor when these people are the ones responsible for their own actions. Should the doctor be brought to justice for allowing them to have too many in their possession, yes absolutely, should the doctor be charged with killing them NOPE, they killed themselves…simple as that!!! If I take my whole bottle of pain killers in my cabinet right now, guess what… I will die!!! Grow a brain cell or two people and start taking responsibility for your OWN actions and not pointing the finger at everyone else!!!

      • yourdaddy

        You are a fucking retard. Your barley old enough to make your own decisions you little fucking douche-bag, get off your mommies tit so you can see the world. You must be from Iowa. It’s junkies like those that make it almost impossible for honest people to get pain meds. I live in international falls mn and because of people like that the doctors up here are so afraid to issue pain meds because of persecution that its interfering with there oath as physicians. I had a serious injury at work this summer, broke my tailbone fractured my hand sprained both knees and hips and ripped a big chunk of meat out of my arm that required something called carpet stitches to close up. after spending a day in the hospital and only being released because I forced it, they sent me home with 10 pain killers ya 10 and told me that if im still in pain after those take Advil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelTisback Gregory Roush

    Dear Derp you sound as fucked up as your logic is please consider the following a man lost his life due to trusting a man in authority. His family can never be repaired, if you still feel the same way kill yourself and maybe your family can understand the amount of hurt that it comes wit .

  • DAX

    You have to know what you are taking, and if you REALLY need to & be responsible with it.

  • FireisOut

    I am no expert but I have been prescribed pain meds and you can and do get addicted to them very easy…if you haven’t walked in someone elses shoes you have no business forming a judgment on anyone. Doctors should be held accountable for their actions.

  • sutherland_j

    I see a lot of people are confused here so i will clear it up for you. First, the doctor was prescribing more amounts of pills at a time than is normal practice but the prescribed daily dose was not high enough to kill him. Second, Paul shot opiate pain killers with a needle so right there he was not following the doctors orders at all. I also think he used cocaine so that might have added to his death. Paul would have been able to get the pain killers no matter if a doc was prescribing them or not because he would have bought them on the street. My view on this is to not blame a doctor because in the end it is up to yourself wether to take narcotics or not and to take a deadly amount you would have to take a large sized dose and most people that die either shoot the drugs or them mix them with other drugs and die. I’m prescribed a pain killer for my own pain/maintenance which is called suboxone or buprenorphine and i would never blame a doctor for anything because i choose to take it. I’m a slipknot fan but i gotta stick up for what i know is right. Paul did this to himself.

    • Agalloch

      The only smart person here. If clown was a junkie it’s his fault. There are doctors that over prescribe- but it was most likely within the tolerated amount. Love slipknot. Doctor has nothing to do with it. It’s the same as blaming the gun provider of the batman movie theater.

      • Agalloch

        Pig not clown. Also u don’t accidentally overdose on morphine and fentanyl you accidentally kill itself from trying to get a buzz after developing tolerance. The only problem for the some doctors use pain meds too freely and this shit happens.

        • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.sawyer.98 Bryan Sawyer

          agalloch….. agree

  • kjuggla91

    Crazy, but I agree.. its that persons responsibility to take the drugs and the doctor shouldn’t have been irresponsible. Slipknot will still live on regardless of paul not here. :-)

  • brister82

    Ultimately, Paul or any of the other seven victims are not dead because of their physician…they are dead because they were addicts abusing prescribed meds. Paul was a needle junkie for Christ’s sake. they were not seeing a physician that they trusted, they were seeing a quack doc that prescribed them large quantities to feed their addiction…and they knew that! Should the Dr be held responsible for his actions? Absolutely! And he will. but don’t be ignorant to the fact that Paul knew the risk he was taking.

  • lucidDreamer

    our system NEEDS to make an example of all these doctor that are doing this. so when some one comes in and asks for pain meds they think twice about prescribing meds just to get paid. thats completely taking advantage of other peoples problems just like what was said above. i hope this doctor gets what he deserves for taking away this talented artist.

  • Guest

    Its not OK !it will never just be ok for a medical professional to give a lethal dose of any perscription…where is the intelligent, caring, loyal people now days, its only common sense, sad it seems there are not even a hand full of human beings that you can trust in this world, and our doctos are NOT one of them. How many of them make so much money for working in this feild, they should be held more accountable and should have more schooling on people skills, maybe a special class that can consist on working with the selfish. rest peaceful paul ~

  • http://www.facebook.com/gail.chiffon Gail Chiffon

    Its not OK !it will never just be ok for a medical professional to give a lethal dose of any perscription…where is the intelligent, caring, loyal people now days, its only common sense, sad it seems there are not even a hand full of human beings that you can trust in this world, and our doctors are NOT one of them. How many of them make so much money for working in this feild, they should be held more accountable and should have more schooling on people skills, maybe a special class that can consist on working with the selfish. rest peaceful paul ~ your music art and talent will always inspire us all ~

  • yourdaddy

    You are a fucking retard. Your barley old enough to make your own decisions you little fucking douche-bag, get off your mommies tit so you can see the world. You must be from Iowa. It’s junkies like those that make it almost impossible for honest people to get pain meds. I live in international falls mn and because of people like that the doctors up here are so afraid to issue pain meds because of persecution that its interfering with there oath as physicians. I had a serious injury at work this summer, broke my tailbone fractured my hand sprained both knees and hips and ripped a big chunk of meat out of my arm that required something called carpet stitches to close up. after spending a day in the hospital and only being released because I forced it, they sent me home with 10 pain killers ya 10 and told me that if im still in pain after those take Advil.

    • metalhead49424

      OK now that you’re done attacking me (who you know nothing about) would you like to try to make legitimate argument?

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniella.meijvis Daniella Meijvis

    With tears I read this massage. My dear brother Paul Gray has been murder’d. This man should locket up forever.

  • www.facebook.com/bassbarbie

    as an addictit’s hard… and of course u find doctors who will give u what u want sometimes but sometimes all u want is help and just want suboxin, subutex, or just help… I do a 12-step through my church but everyday is a struggle… rip… xoxox

  • hawki

    Wow, who in their right mind would aspire to be a “Pain Dr”?It is a lot of responsibility to have, especially when you have “addicts”…”pill poppers”, or whatever there are always going to be these people seeking more drugs for their high. I don’t know how these Drs are suppose to be privy to this info…it isn’t exactly stamped on their forehead. I feel that while there is a possibility too high a dosage was prescribed, more than likely some of these people knowingly took more than prescribed. I happen to know Dr. Balding, and he is a very caring compassionate Dr. I also was lucky enough to have known Paul Gray……it is just a sad….sad tragedy.

  • mtlchick88

    Regardless of who’s to blame for Paul’s death, the doctor went against the golden rule in medicine which is to NEVER cause harm to your patiehts. He should have his liscense stripped and be thrown in jail!

  • Lcaia1606

    It’s a sad situation. Not only are Paul and the doctor to blame but what about his family, friends and band mates who knew about his addiction and didn’t do enough to get him the help he needed?

  • art

    if it was just paul,fine,i`d buy that.this cat has 8 dead bodies behind his scripts,and i doubt all 8 are heavy metal rockers..paul may be pauls fault,and the others are the docs.or maybe all were told to take to much along w. being over perscribed.

  • band mom in des moines

    How can anyone take the Dr’s side, obviously you havent had much experience dealing with the fucking Insurance vs patient care vs medical bullshit in general, good luck if you ever have to put your trust in someone who has spent 8 or more yrs learning the profession, then either using their knowledge for the patient or for the restrictions and guidelines in place. Most of you sound like a bunch of heartless bastards. Have a good nights sleep now.

  • tyler

    Yes it was Paul’s fault but its still his doctors fault because Paul had a problem. I dont know if he was addicted but if you like something and can get it too easily. Youll take them without thinking twice. Its hard to say no to something that isn’t hard to get.

  • Guest

    It really doesn’t matter how much or how many were prescribed. Everybody knows that painkillers are addictive. No one better than a physician. To continuously prescribe large amounts of these to anyone is negligent to say the least. And to expect someone who is addicted to painkillers to keep to the recommended dose is like piling a mound of candy and soda in front of a child and telling them to only take one piece every four hours. This is an ongoing problem, and something has to be done.

  • Neomalysys

    For everyone saying it’s Paul’s fault. He was an addict and addiction is a disease. What this doctor did is the same thing Keith Moon’s doctor did. He gave a person who has suffered from addiction a drug with a history of being addictive and also prescribed a higher than recommended dose. The doctor should have known there was a chance for Paul to overdose on the drug and kill himself.

  • DrumandBlog

    Slipknot Fans – Have you noticed a difference in live performances or quality of music from Slipknot since the loss of Paul?

  • krista

    that is so scary that a doctor would murder his patients with pain killers

    i think that paul was afraid to say that he was sick and needed help

    that is very sad