Blog by Jeff Owens
Fender sends its condolences to the bandmates, family and friends of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, 38, who was found dead in an Urbandale, Iowa, hotel room today.
Gray’s body was discovered by an employee of the Town Plaza Hotel in the Des Moines, Iowa, suburb. Police don’t suspect foul play; an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25.
Born April 8, 1972, in Los Angeles, Gray was, along with Las Vegas-born guitarist Jim Root, one of the few members of Slipknot not born in Iowa. His family moved to Des Moines when Gray was a child. He became a founding member of Slipknot in 1995 and was a member of precursor bands Painface, the Pale Ones and Meld.