Paul Gray, the bassist for Slipknot that died of an accidental overdose in June 2010, was prescribed dangerously high amounts of painkillers.
Gray’s doctor has been charged with the involuntary manslaughter of the Slipknot rocker.
Dr. Daniel Baldi is set to face charges for prescribing lethal amounts of prescription drugs to people that later died.
The doctor, who is being investigated in the deaths of at least eight people, is also facing administrative charges from the Iowa Board of Medicine that could lead to his medical license being suspended.
Dr. Baldi’s lawyer Guy Cook called the charges “unprecedented”, adding, “It is unprecedented to turn unfortunate deaths or medical results into a crime against a doctor.”
Paul Gray’s doctor “did unintentionally cause the death of Paul Gray by the commission of an act likely to cause death or serious injury, to-wit, continually wrote high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from 12/27/2005 until his death.”
Slipknot percussionist Shawn Crahan and Paul’s widow Brenna are listed on the preliminary complaint filed in district court as among nine people interviewed in the investigation.
Gray’s widow Brenna was pregnant at the time of her husband’s death, later giving birth to a baby girl named October in August 2010.
Slipknot will be issuing a statement about the case later today.
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