Late Slipknot Bassist’s Doctor Arrested For Overprescribing

Paul Gray

Hmm. I wonder if Paul Gray’s death had anything to do with sparking the police’s investigation into him? Let me ponder that for a second.

According to one of the country’s best dailies, The Des Moines Register, a Des Moines physician has been charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients who later died of overdoses.

Daniel Baldi, who police say helped run an Iowa Health System pain clinic, is accused of “unintentionally caus[ing] the death of Paul Gray by the commission of an act likely to cause death or serious injury to wit, continually [writing] high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from [December 27, 2005] until his death,” court documents read.

Fuck, man. First Michael Jackson’s doctor gets busted, now this dude. Not sure how I feel about this. Ultimately, we’re all responsible for our own actions, but in the same breath, this doctor was fundamentally Paul’s pusher man. So, I’m conflicted.

The doctor’s lawyer, Guy Cook, told The Register his client plans to vigorously fight the charges.

“It is unprecedented to turn unfortunate deaths or medical results into a crime against a doctor,” the lawyer said…not remembering what happened with MJ’s doctor. “Unexpected deaths can occur in severe, chronic pain patients, unrelated to medical treatment. This is especially true with patients who are drug addicts or drug abusers.”

Gray died two plus years ago from an accidental overdose; his body was found in a hotel room.

Paul was only 38.

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