Widow of Slipknot bassist testifies about his drug use

Brenna Gray

The widow of Slipknot's bassist Paul Gray has testified in a US court about the death of her husband in May 2010.

Brenna Gray says she raised concerns about his drug use with his doctor and also questioned why he was still being prescribed addictive medication.

Daniel Baldi is on trial for nine counts of involuntary manslaughter, including the death of Mr Gray.

Gray said she was worried that Dr Baldi continued to prescribe her husband the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Brenna Gray
Image caption Brenna Gray spoke at a press conference following the death of her husband

According to the Des Moines Register, she testified: "I just knew it was his drug of choice, that he'd struggled with, so I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction."

The Slipknot musician died of a drug overdose at a motel in 2010.

Prosecutors say that Dr Baldi's careless prescription habits caused the deaths of Paul Gray and eight of his other patients.

The doctor denies the claims.

Gray said her husband had had a period when he was sober but had started taking drugs again before his death and that she had found needles in the house.

She told the court she tried to make Dr Baldi take the musician's relapse seriously and says he did not keep proper medical records.

Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan
Image caption Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan appeared at the press conference in 2010

According to the Des Moines Register, Gray said shortly before her husband's death that she and family members had staged an intervention.

He left home and went to the hotel, she said.

Gray says she was pregnant at the time of his death and testified that she did not call the emergency services because she was worried she would be arrested and her unborn child could later be taken by authorities.

She said she called her husband's bandmates but none of them offered to help her.

Slipknot have released one album since Paul Gray's death.

Antennas To Hell included singles from four studio albums and live tracks.

Last December the band announced that drummer Joey Jordison had left Slipknot, leaving them with a total of seven members.

In February they blacked out all their social media and website and have since been promoting Knotfest Japan, which they have scheduled for November.

They have sold more than 20 million records and won a Grammy music award in 2006.

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