Monday, May 23, 2011

Slipknot drummer remembers Paul Grey on one year anniversary of his death

Tomorrow, May 24th, marks the one year anniversary of the passing of SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray.

Gray died of an accidental drug overdose on May 24th, 2010. Toxicology tests showed a fatal level of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute, in his blood. Police said there was no evidence of a prescription for either drug. The autopsy also revealed signs of significant heart disease. Gray's body was found by an employee at a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.

In rememberance, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has issued the following blog:

"Hey Paul,

It was so great hanging out with you yesterday and today. Talking and reminiscing about old times and seeing you respond with some of the strongest gusts of wind I've ever felt.

Paul, you always told it like it was. You're the same guy that wouldn't let me stay home on New Year's Eve back in 1992, and once drove over in four feet of snow during a storm, just to hang out! There was no one like you. That's why you were my best friend.

All the music that we've done together, all the times that we've shared, will live on forever. I miss you each and every day.

All right Balls, I'll see you on stage! Let's destroy.

There will never be another # 2. I love you.

Fuck it all! Fuck this world!
Fuck everything that you stand for!
Don't belong! Don't exist!
Don't give a shit! Don't ever judge me!

And to all my friends, the Maggots:

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you eternally for your support on this difficult day. You're keeping us and Paul's memory, alive.

There were supposed to be five days of tornadoes and rain here in Iowa, but the sun came out stronger than it has all year. It's good to know Paul's keeping an eye on things.

This is a horrible thing that happened, but each of you has made this just a little bit easier to deal with. Your support means everything to us.

Thank you,
Nathan Jonas Jordison"

For their upcoming shows, Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in for the late Paul Gray on bass. Donnie was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years.


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