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Paul Gray Wasn’t Just A Drug Addict

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Paul Gray
This, according to Brenna Gray, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s grieving widow. She made this revelation in the new issue of Revolver [Edit: Yes, they still make that magazine], which Blabbermouth claims takes a look back at the shitty year that was, and all the folks who croaked during it, like Ronnie James Dio and Peter Steele.

Of course, Paul’s lifeless body was found on May 24 in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. The coroner’s office ruled Gray died from an accidental overdose of morphine. He was 38. So what does his wife tell Revolver?

“I don’t want people to judge him for the mistake that he made,” Brenna explains. “He wasn’t just a drug addict. That was a little part of his life that he couldn’t overcome.”

I’m sitting here, on my couch, drinking coffee, listening to Howard Stern, and I’m thinking that’s a shitty thing to say, no? Am I wrong? It just sounds shitty.

Of course we didn’t think he was just a junkie…but yes, that was part of who Paul was. But I think the majority of us, when we think back on Gray, will immediately feel that pang of sadness in our chests, but we will think about the fucking insane work he did with Slipknot, right? I don’t know — I feel like that’s something that did not need to be said, but Brenna felt compelled to say it, I guess. By the way, does anyone still read that magazine? I’m curious.

“He was a great guy, a great musician, a great husband, a great friend, a great brother, a great son. And I just want people to know that,” Brenna added, saying that she will be working with MusiCares, “and if they can get my story out there, as hard as it is to tell… if one person can save their life with my husband losing his, that’s what matters.”