A major development related to the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray has occurred. Physician Daniel Baldi was charged yesterday, in Des Moines, Iowa with involuntary manslaughter. It is alleged he over-prescribed narcotic painkillers to his patients, with one of the eight victims being revealed as Paul Gray.
According to the Des Moines Register, the charging documents claim Baldi "did unintentionally cause the death of Paul Gray by the commission of an act likely to cause death or serious injury, to-wit, continually wrote high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from 12/27/2005 until his death."
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This is a stunning development in the case of the beloved musician, whose death was ruled as an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl. The autopsy also showed that Gray had significant heart disease when he was found dead at the age of 38 in a hotel in Urbandale, Iowa, on May 24, 2010.
Slipknot had bassist Donnie Steele filling in during their live shows this year and after headlining the Mayhem Festival and a pair of Knotfest shows this summer, they are now in the early stages of planning their first album since Paul's untimely death.
Baldi's lawyer claims that the charges against him are unprecedented in the state of Iowa. The physician faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted on the eight counts of involuntary manslaughter.