Slipknot bassist died shortly before her birth
By David Sands
May 10, 2016
Iowa’s Supreme Court recently ruled that the daughter of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray can sue his doctor, Daniel Baldi, on charges related to his death.
Here’s the unusual twist, though, his daughter, October, hadn’t even been born yet at the time of his death.
Gray died following a drug overdose at an Iowa hotel on May 24, 2010, about three months before the birth of his daughter.
According to the Des Moines Register, the Iowa high court will allow litigation to be filed on October Gray’s behalf over “the loss of her father’s love and emotional support” against Baldi, who ran a now closed pain management clinic. It’s a legal claim known as a loss of consortium.
“Whatever deprivation of consortium (October Gray) is currently experiencing is no less real just because she did not experience it while in utero,” Justice Daryl Hecht wrote in a ruling reported by the Register.
A wrongful death lawsuit by the bassist’s widow, Brenna Gray, however, was not allowed to proceed, as it was not filed in time. Baldi had previously been charged with several counts of manslaughter for prescribing large amounts of painkillers to Gray and other patients of his but was acquitted of those charges in 2014.
Gray was a founding member of Slipknot. He was known as “The Pig” (due to the frightening pig mask he wore on stage) during his time with the Grammy-winning metal band. In addition to Slipknot, the bassist also played with Vexx, Body Pit, Inveigh Catharsis and Unida.
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