The doctor who treated Slipknot bassist Paul Gray in the days before his May 2010 death has been acquitted of seven counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to the Des Moines Register. Iowa-based doctor Daniel Baldi was found not guilty of causing the deaths of Gray and eight other patients through allegedly careless and excessive use of prescriptions.
Jurors deliberated for two days before they decided in favor of Baldi, whose lawyer contended that none of the drugs which contributed to the death of Gray or the others had been prescribed by the doctor.
- Gray’s widow, Brenna Gray, testified on April 22nd in Baldi’s trial and said that Paul’s final weeks were a “blur of extreme drug abuse,” which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront.
- Brenna claimed in her testimony that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax for Paul despite knowing that the musician was a drug addict.
- But Baldi’s lawyer pointed out that Paul overdosed on fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi had prescribed.
- Baldi still faces several civil lawsuits as well as administrative charges from the Iowa Board of Medicine which could cost him his medical license.
- Brenna also claimed in her testimony that none of Paul’s bandmates in Slipknot wanted to get involved prior to his death, saying, “Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem.”
- Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and Slipknot were based. He was 38 years old. He left behind his widow and a daughter,October, who was born three months after his death.
- After a lengthy hiatus, Slipknot resumed touring in 2011 and recently entered a studio to begin recording its first album without Gray.