Gray's doctor is on trial accused of irresponsibly prescribing Xanax to the late bassist
A court yesterday (April 22) heard that the late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray spent his final weeks in a “blur” of drug abuse.
Doctor Daniel Baldi of Des Moines, Iowa, is currently standing trial for his part in Gray’s death in 2010 and the deaths of eight others. It is claimed Baldi prescribed Xanax to Gray despite a history of addiction to the anti-anxiety drug.
Testifying at Polk County District Court, the bassist’s widow, Brenna Gray (pictured above), raised concerns about her husband being prescribed Xanax, reports USA Today.
She told the court: “I just knew it was his drug of choice, that he’d struggled with it. So I just wasn’t really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction.”
Prosecutors say the deaths resulted from Baldi’s prescriptions; Baldi’s defence say he didn’t prescribe the drugs that caused Gray’s death and several others. Brenna Gray said she appealed to the doctor to take her husband’s drug abuse seriously, telling him she had found hypodermic syringes and showing him pictures of her husband passed out.
Painting a picture of her husband’s final days, she said she and family members staged an intervention hoping to help Gray confront his behaviour, but Gray instead went to a local hotel, where he was found dead two days later. Brenna Gray says she did not contact the authorities for fear of being arrested for drugs kept in the house and that their unborn child would be taken away from them.
She said she appealed to Gray’s Slipknot bandmates for help, but none was offered. “One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn’t come,” she testified. “Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem.”