Slipknot’s Paul Gray has died at the age of 38. The bassist was found dead in his hotel room in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday (May 24).
Gray, pictured here with Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, was one of the original members of Slipknot when they formed in 1995, and was expecting his first child with his wife Brenna at the time of his death.
The band paid tribute to their bassist, changing the front page of Slipknot1.com to a picture of Gray, though they have yet to comment.
Gray, known to fans as “#2” and “The Pig,” co-founded Slipknot in 1995 with drummer Joey Jordison and percussionist Shawn Crahan and the band released their debut ‘Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat’ in 1996, before going on to achieve huge success with 1999’s self-titled follow-up.
Despite rising to fame as part of the late nineties nu-metal boom, Slipknot’s popularity has remained high. The band been nominated for seven Grammys, and took home an award in 2006 for Best Metal Performance.
Gray, pictured here on stage with Slipknot guitarist Jim Root, had his share of troubles in the past. In 2003, he was arrested in Des Moines for possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia following a car accident.
At the time of his death, Gray was one of only three original members of Slipknot remaining in the band, and the only one who had maintained his original role.
The Polk County, Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy and toxicology test today (May 25) to determine the cause of Gray’s premature death.