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Slipknot bassist found dead

Story by Jack Foley

PAUL Gray, bassist with US metal band Slipknot, has been found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.

The 38-year-old’s body was discovered by a hotel employee – although foul play is not suspected at this stage.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Slipknot, famous for their ghoulish masks, won a Grammy Award in 2006 for the song Before I Forget. Most of the band come from the Des Moines area.

Among the first to pay tribute to Gray’s memory was Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which runs the Grammys, who said: “Paul Gray had a passion for music and a flair for the theatrical. The band’s mix of grinding rap-metal along with their energetic live shows helped establish them as one of the most popular bands in the genre.

“The heavy metal world has lost an immense talent, and Slipknot’s loyal following will ensure he and his music are remembered for years to come.”

Slipknot formed in 1995 in Des Moines and remained based in the city. But their appeal quickly turned global.

Their fourth album, 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, claimed the top spot in the US album charts and also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Austria, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.