Physician Daniel Baldi was charged on Wednesday, 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 Slipknot's 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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In reaction to this staggering and shocking news, Slipknot have released an official statement, which reads:
"As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness.
"The fact that this person took advantage of our brother's illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family. We can only hope that justice will be served so this can NEVER happen to anyone else ever again!
"Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done."
Slipknot member Shawn 'Clown' Crahan has already spoken about the charges against Baldi, saying on Thursday: "None of it is going to bring back our brother Paul.
"This epidemic of this sort of activity is becoming more and more ... evident. It truly is becoming a problem amongst people. And it trickles all the way down to the youth. And awareness needs to be brought about — not only substance abuse but the ability to acquire substances, to get chemicals and the efficiency of it. Hopefully justice will be served."
Daniel Baldi has entered a not guilty plea to the charges and has been released after posting $16,000 bail.