Three years ago today, Paul Gray of Slipknot died at the age of 38, alone in a hotel room in Des Moines.
Time really does fly, doesn’t it folks?
Just a week or so ago, we were remembering Ronnie James Dio on third anniversary of his passing. Now, it’s Gray’s turn. The dude was obviously troubled and his death has created both confusion and tension amongst Slipknot’s remaining members.
While initial reports of Ronnie’s death really sort of inspired grief in me, Paul’s death was more shocking, unexpected, and sad. The dude was only 38 and died in a strange hotel room, away from his family. Dio, at least, lived more years and didn’t leave a toddler behind.
When I think of Paul, I remember watching the press conference the band held on May 25, 2010. That was a bum out.
I was moved by Gray’s brother Tony and his wife Brenna, who really paid tribute to Paul along with the rest of Slipknot, who were hit really hard by his 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.”
Paul Gray left an indelible imprint on metal for the short time he was on this Earth, and that fucking means something.
The rest of us are all three years older, three years wiser (hopefully) and three years sadder.
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