One musical group that has long been synonymous with the horror genre is Slipknot, and today fans of the band are mourning the passing of founding member and bassist Paul Gray.
According to Yahoo News a hotel employee found Gray, 38, dead in a room at the Town Plaza Hotel in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. Foul play isn’t suspected, and an autopsy is planned for Tuesday.
Slipknot’s self-titled debut in 1999 sold more than a million copies. Known for its grotesque masks, the band won a Grammy in 2006 for best metal performance for the song “Before I Forget.” Concert industry trade publication Pollstar ranked Slipknot 18th in its Top 20 Concert Tours list in 2009.
Andy Hall, music director of Des Moines rock station Lazer 103.3, said he’d known Gray for 10 years. He described him as a talented bass player who was also one of the friendliest, most caring people he knew. “This is a big blow, not only to the community of Des Moines but fans of metal at large, worldwide,” Hall said. “It’s a devastating loss. Paul was a wonderful human being.”
Our condolences to Paul’s family, friends, and fans.
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