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Paul Gray

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Paul Dedrick Gray (April 8, 1972 – May 24, 2010) was an American musician, best known as the bassist of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot.

Gray was born in Los Angeles, California. Later his family relocated to Des Moines, Iowa. In his youth, Gray performed in bands such as Anal Blast, Vexx, Body Pit, and Inveigh Catharsi.

In June 2003, Gray crashed his car into another vehicle. After police were called to the scene and searched his car, Gray was arrested for possession of Marijuana, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and failure to obey a traffic signal.[1][2] He was sentenced to one year of informal probation.[3] Turmoil was caused within Slipknot’s fanbase when Gray’s mugshot from the incident surfaced, as at this time, with the exception of Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root, unobstructed photographs of most members of the band’s faces were exceptionally rare.[4]

At the time of his death, he was one of 3 original members of Slipknot remaining in the band, and the only one who had maintained his original role in the band due to Clown’s switch from main drums to custom percussion during the early days. He was one of the two members not born in Iowa (the other is Jim Root, who was born in Las Vegas).

Besides Slipknot, Gray filled in as bassist for Unida during their 2003 tour, appeared on Drop Dead, Gorgeous’ Worse Than a Fairy Tale, toured briefly with Reggie and the Full Effect and appeared on the Roadrunner United project

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