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Slipknot Bassist's Doc Charged With Rx Drug Deaths

An Iowa doctor has been charged with involuntarily killing eight patients by overprescribing painkillers.

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By Bryan Le

09/06/12

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The Iowa doctor who may have contributed to the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray and seven others by overprescribing painkillers has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of involuntary manslaughter. Daniel Baldi, a now-suspended 50-year-old pain specialist, is facing 16 years in prison if convicted. He has previously faced four medical malpractice claims and three wrongful death suits. According to court documents, Baldi "did unintentionally cause the death of Paul Gray by the commission of an act likely to cause death or serious injury, to-wit, continually wrote high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from 12/27/2005 until his death.” The 38-year-old masked musician was found dead of an overdose in a hotel room in 2010. Gray helped found Slipknot in 1995 and was involved in taking the band into international renown with their strange masks and aggressive sound all the way until his death. Slipknot has yet to comment on the charges against the pain doctor.

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