Family of Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Wins Settlement Over His Death | Revolver

Family of Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Wins Settlement Over His Death

Gray's family sued medical professionals they claim caused bassist's overdose
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The family of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray has been awarded an undisclosed settlement from a doctor and hospital company they blame for causing the musician's death from a drug overdose in 2010, reports the Des Moines Register.

After Gray, 38, overdosed on an array of prescription drugs, including fentanyl and morphine, the musician's family accused Dr. Daniel Baldi — a pain-relief specialist who'd been treating Gray for addiction — of recklessly providing the him with the drugs that ultimately took his life. The family had been planning to take Baldi and his former employers (including the Des Moines chapter of hospital company UnityPoint Health) to trial on behalf of Gray's daughter, who was born just three months after her father's death. Last weekend, their case was settled for an undisclosed sum; Baldi's lawyer refused to disclose which parties agreed to pay settlements, according to the Register.

Back in 2012, Baldi — who maintains he was not responsible for Gray's death— was charged with 10 counts of involuntary manslaughter, with prosecutors blaming the doctor for prescribing addictive pills to drug-abusing patients, including the Slipknot bass player. Brenna Gray, the musician's widow, was among those called to the stand to testify. A jury acquitted Baldi in 2014; he is currently employed as an anesthesiologist.