Slipknot’s Paul Gray Died One Year Ago Today

Paul Gray

Yep. Man, how time flies. Just a week or so ago, we were remembering Ronnie James Dio on the anniversary of his passing and now, Paul Gray. While Ronnie’s death really sort of inspired grief in me, this one was more shocking, unexpected, and sad. The dude was only 38 and died in a strange hotel room in Des Moines, away from his family.

I also remembering watching the press conference on May 25. That was a bum out. I was move by Gray’s brother Tony and wife Brenna, who really paid tribute to him along with the rest of Slipknot, who were hit really hard by Paul’s sudden passing.

An autopsy would ultimately show that Gray died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, and had also shown signs of “significant heart disease.”

Yesterday, a day early, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison posted the following message on Facebook. Here it is in its entirety, followed by a Slipknot song I actually like.

“Hey Paul,

“It was so great hanging out with you yesterday and today. Talking and reminiscing about old times and seeing you respond with some of the strongest gusts of wind I’ve ever felt.

“Paul, you always told it like it was. You’re the same guy that wouldn’t let me stay home on New Year’s Eve back in 1992, and once drove over in four feet of snow during a storm, just to hang out! There was no one like you. That’s why you were my best friend.

“All the music that we’ve done together, all the times that we’ve shared, will live on forever. I miss you each and every day.

“All right, Balls, I’ll see you on stage! Let’s destroy.

“There will never be another #2. I love you.

“Fuck it all! Fuck this world!
Fuck everything that you stand for!
Don’t belong! Don’t exist!
Don’t give a shit! Don’t ever judge me!

“And to all my friends, the Maggots: I just wanted to take a moment to thank you eternally for your support on this difficult day. You’re keeping us and Paul’s memory alive.

“There were supposed to be five days of tornadoes and rain here in Iowa, but the sun came out stronger than it has all year. It’s good to know Paul’s keeping an eye on things.

“This is a horrible thing that happened, but each of you has made this just a little bit easier to deal with. Your support means everything to us.

“Thank you, Nathan Jonas Jordison.”

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.

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