Breaking news this morning: a Doctor by the name of Daniel Baldi has been officially charged with involuntary manslaughter over the deaths of eight people, including Slipknot bassist Paul Gray.
It is alleged that Baldi prescribed the eight patients with dangerously high doses of prescription painkillers and in doing so, inadvertently caused their deaths.
Court documents state that 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 50-year-old Iowa doctor has already appeared in court, where he plead not guilty to all cases and paid a total bail fee of $16,000. He is next scheduled to appear in court on the 14th of this month. If he is found guilty of manslaughter, Baldi faces up to 16-years imprisonment.
As well as facing criminal charges, the doctor is facing administrative charges from the Iowa Board of Medicine and may also have his medical license revoked.
Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan spoke with the Des Moines Register on the matter, “None of it is going to bring back our brother Paul,” he said. “Hopefully justice will be served.”
Slipknot posted the following statement to their official Facebook page: “As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness. The fact that this person took advantage of our brother’s illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family. We can only hope that justice will be served so this can NEVER happen to anyone else ever again! Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done.