May 3, 2014


Late Slipknot Bassist's Doctor Acquitted Of Manslaughter Charges

Bob King
Bob King

It's been nearly two years since Dr. Daniel Baldi was charged with seven counts of involuntary manslaughter--charges stemming from the overdose and death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray in 2010, among other cases--and a Des Moines jury acquitted Baldi on May 1 after two days of deliberation.

The prosecution failed to convince the jury that Baldi was recklessly practicing medicine by penning prescriptions that eventually lead to the death of multiple patients. Gray had overdosed on a combination of morphine and fentanyl, and his widow, who provided a testimony to the trial in April, alleged that Baldi knew Gray was abusing his Xanax prescription and continued to refill it anyway.

Though acquitted of the manslaughter charges, Baldi is still facing numerous malpractice suits waged by some of the families of his late patients.

Slipknot has yet to comment on the matter. Since Gray's passing, Slipknot haven't released an album; when frontman Corey Taylor spoke to Fuse in 2012, he said that heading back into the studio without Gray would be "very daunting:" "He was such a huge part of the process. He was the glue." Slipknot are currently at work on the follow-up to 2008's All Hope Is Gone.