Paul Dedrick Gray

Paul Dedrick Gray

American musician, member of the band 'Slipknot'
Date of Birth: 08.04.1972
Country: USA

Biography of Paul Gray

Paul Dedrick Gray, known as a member of the band 'Slipknot', was born in 1972 in Los Angeles. He later moved to Des Moines, Iowa. At the age of 12-13, Paul started playing bass guitar. Despite having no connections in the music world at the time, he saw his musical future as uncertain. One day, he walked into a music store and heard that a band was in need of a bassist. Without any prior experience, he volunteered, claiming, 'Yes! I can play bass.' However, at that time, he only had the ability to distinguish the bass guitar from other instruments by listening to music. Nevertheless, he began practicing diligently.

Paul Dedrick Gray

In 1995, Gray, along with Anders Colsefni and Shawn Crahan, founded the band 'Slipknot'. The band had its own set of rules - the musicians played only what they wanted and how they wanted, and they had to have three drummers. Additionally, their goal was to create music that no one had ever heard before and provide a spectacle that no one had ever seen. The band's rehearsal schedule and production process were unconventional. Rehearsals were held in secret, and one of the rules was the complete exclusion of females. During concerts, the band members wore work coveralls that became their uniform. Each member had their own number - Paul was known as '2'. Paul also wore masks during performances, such as a pig or a beaver. Interestingly, with each new album, Paul Gray changed his mask. In one interview, he mentioned his pig mask, saying, 'I bought this mask not because I am a pig, but because it cost $1.98.'

Paul Dedrick Gray

Despite the strange behavior of the 'Slipknot' members, they managed to generate significant interest in their music. Their albums went platinum, and their songs were nominated for 'Grammy Awards' as the best heavy metal and hard rock compositions. It is known that alongside their creative success, Gray had a long history of battling drug addiction. In 2003, he was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, which resulted in an accident. He admitted that he wrote a significant portion of the albums 'Iowa' (2001) and 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' (2004) while under the influence of drugs.

Paul Dedrick Gray

In the last two years of his life, Paul Gray was married to adult film star Brenna Paul (real name: Brenna Paul). He had her name tattooed on his fingers. At the end of 2009, Paul announced in his MySpace blog that he was preparing to become a father. He expressed his joy, stating, 'I am the happiest person in the world - literally! This is the best Christmas in my life!'

Paul Dedrick Gray

On May 24, 2010, Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel room in Iowa. His body was discovered by a hotel employee, who then reported it to the police. According to law enforcement officials, there were no signs of a violent death on Gray's body. According to some reports, the autopsy did not determine the cause of death. Suicide or trauma were ruled out, and Gray had been dead for several hours before his body was found. Fellow musicians from the band 'Machine Head' reacted to the sad event, saying, '...Paul was a great composer, bassist, and genuinely good person. Our paths crossed many times... He will be missed by all of us, and we offer our condolences to our brothers in 'Slipknot' and Paul's family.'

Paul Gray died on May 24, 2010, due to an overdose of opioids - morphine and fentanyl - which caused cardiac arrest.

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