An autopsy of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead in a hotel room on Monday, has revealed no cause of death, police in Urbandale, Illinois, told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday (May 25).
The cause of death is still under investigation, and the Polk County medical examiner is awaiting the results of toxicology testing, the paper reported. Dr. Gregory Schmunk said it could be four to six weeks before the test results are complete and the cause of death can be determined, according to police.
According to the paper, the autopsy did indicate that the body showed no evidence of foul play or trauma and that Gray had been dead for several hours before his body was discovered.
Gray, 38, was better known as #2 or “The Pig” because of the mask he wore while performing with Slipknot, and helped form the group in 1995, along with current members Shawn “Clown” Crahan and Joey Jordison. Though the band’s lineup shifted over the years — with members departing or switching instruments — Gray’s position within the group remained constant: He was the only bass player Slipknot ever had.
In the hours since his death, tributes to Gray have poured in from fans and fellow musicians alike. Megadeth bassist David Ellefson , whom Gray was to replace in the supergroup/ cover band Hail!, said in a statement: “I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Paul Gray’s passing. I considered him an incredible songwriter, inventive bassist, but more importantly, a kind and warm friend. As a fellow musician, I was excited that he would be playing in Hail! this coming month, as I knew it would be a fun experience for him. I’m sad that the European audiences will not get to see him play those shows.”
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