RIP: Slipknot bassist Paul Gray dies aged 38

Early today, the Des Moines Register reported that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel room.

According to the Des Moines Register, Urbandale, Iowa police are investigating the death of Slipknot's bass player Paul Gray at a local hotel.

Paul Dedrick Gray, 38, of Johnston, was found dead at approximately 10:50 a.m. today by an employee at TownePlace Suites. He was found after family had been unable to reach him by phone, and hotel staff had been asked if they could check on him.

Police have said that there is no evidence of foul play regarding Gray's death; though an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Toxicology tests will be conducted in order to see if there may be any contributing factors in his death.

According to the Des Moine Register, Gray had stayed at the hotel before, and was a quiet and respectful guest. The rest of the band have yet to make an official statement regarding Gray's death.

He is survived by his wife and their unborn child.

While Gray is best known for his work with Slipknot, he had been part of other bands in his youth, most notably Anal Blast, Vexx, Body Pit and Inveigh Catharsi.

All of us at Metal as Fuck send our condolances and thoughts to Gray's friends and family.