Slipknot’s bassist dies in Iowa

Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, formed in 1995. The band members use  unique mask as a trademark.

The bassist was called Paul Gray and he was a co-founder of the group. The circumstances of his death are unclear. A spokesman for the nearby Urbandale Police Department said there was no evidence of foul play, and that more information would likely be released on Tuesday following an autopsy.

Slipknot won several Grammy awards and topped the charts in several countries with its most recent album, 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone.” The nine-man band won a Grammy in 2004 for its song “Before I Forget.”

“Paul Gray had a passion for music and a flair for the theatrical,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, which organizes the Grammys. “The heavy metal world has lost an immense talent, and Slipknot’s loyal following will ensure he and his music are remembered for years to come.”

Many rock bands including Korn, Papa Roach and Sepultura will pay tribute to tragic Slipknot bassist Paul Gray.

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