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Autopsy shows morphine overdose




Paul Gray at 2005 Grammy Awards ceremony in L.A. (AP photo)

Paul Gray at 2005 Grammy Awards ceremony in L.A. (AP photo)

Autopsy results show the bassist for heavy metal band Slipknot died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute, police said this week.

Paul Gray was found dead in a suburban Des Moines hotel room on May 25. A hotel worker told a 911 dispatcher that a hypodermic needle was found near Gray’s body and that pills also were found in the room.

The autopsy shows he died of an overdose, Urbandale, Iowa police said in a news release. They also said the autospy revealed signs of significant heart disease.

Gray was a co-founder of the Des Moines-based band known for its groteque masks, thrashing sounds and aggressive, dark lyrics.

Slipknot emerged in the mid- 1990s and it’s 1999 debut album sold about 2 million copies. The ban won a Grammy in 2006 for best metal performance for the song “Before I Forget.” (AP)

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