Brenna Gray, the widow of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, testified on Tuesday (April 22nd) in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the doctor who treated Paul in the days before his 2010 death. According to the Des Moines Register, Brenna said on the witness stand at the Polk Country District Court in Iowa that Paul's final weeks were a "blur of extreme drug abuse," which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront.
- Daniel Baldi is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of Gray and eight others. Baldi is being accused of causing the deaths with his careless prescription habits. If convicted, Baldi could face up to 18 years in prison. Baldi denies the claim, with his lawyer saying that Baldi didn't prescribe the drugs that resulted in the deaths.
- Brenna testified on the stand that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax for Paul despite knowing that the musician was a drug addict, saying, "I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction."
- Baldi's lawyer cross-examined Brenna, asking her if she was aware that her husband overdosed on the painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi ever prescribed to him.
- Brenna also testified that she tried reaching out to some of Paul's bandmates in Slipknot just days prior to the bassist's death but that none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem."
- Slipknot singer Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan may be called to the stand as witnesses as the trial progresses. Taylor told us back at the one-year anniversary of Gray's death how he felt about the loss of his friend and bandmate: "I just miss him, you know. I miss him so much sometimes that it doesn't feel like he's gone, and there are times when I'm thinking and he's in my train of thought and I have to stop myself and go, 'Oh, God, he's not here.' But you know, I mean, there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him. I mean, not even as far as the band goes -- I wish that he was there to watch his daughter grow."
- Brenna revealed in a 2011 interview with Revolver that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died on May 24th, 2010.
- Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and Slipknot were based. He was 38 years old. He left behind his widow and a daughter, October, who was born three months after his death.
- After a lengthy hiatus, Slipknot resumed touring in 2011, with Donnie Steele playing bass live. The band recently entered a studio to begin recording its first album without Gray.
WATCH: Brenna Gray testifies about her husband's death:
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you think this doctor -- or any doctor -- should be held responsible for the drug-related death of a patient?
- Is it really the doctor's responsibility? Why would he keep prescribing drugs to an addict?
- Do you think Brenna is telling the truth about Paul's bandmates? If so, does this cast their "grieving" about Paul's death in a new light?
- Or should the blame be placed squarely on Paul himself, and are his bandmates not responsible for him?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth and Rolling Stone -- agree or not?
Leona Scott Weaver wrote: "Wow - I know people who are totally enthralled with Corey Taylor. After reading this, not so sure about those bandmates...IF all this is true."
Lehmann108 wrote: "He had a drug problem. He died from it. That's his responsibility and nobody else's. Stop blaming other people."
Graham Driscoll wrote: "So, it looks like the band was OK with him being strung out - just as long as it didn't interfere with his ability to write and record."
Mike Santoro wrote: "This is a trial looking for someone to blame for a tragedy. Blaming his band mates for not pretending to be drug counselors and intervening is not fair. Paul was talented and will be missed by many. He chose his path."
Mark McMillan wrote: "They are bandmates, not babysitters. There is only so much you can do to help someone who is out of control."
Robert Heymang Edward wrote: "at that moment when they knew things were particularly low someone couldn't swing by and at at least try to knock some sense into him?? And if not then don't get all in the press and whine about how your brother is gone, and no one can replace him and blah blah."
Slipknot's Corey Taylor On Paul Gray One Year Later
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