Update: Slipknot has released an official statement which can be read below.
Dr. Daniel Baldi, a physician at an Iowa pain clinic, was officially charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of eight patients, including Slipknot bassist Paul Gray who died of an accidental overdose in June of 2010. Baldi is accused of prescribing overly high doses of prescription painkillers and is also facing suspension of his medical license. If convicted, Baldi could face up to 16 years in jail.
Shawn “Clown” Crahan has told the Des Moines Register, “None of it is going to bring back our brother Paul.”.
An official statement from Slipknot is expected later today.
Slipknot’s official statement:
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.