A lawsuit brought on behalf of the daughter of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray against the doctor who prescribed him pain medication can proceed, according to theDes Moines Register. Even though October Gray wasn’t born when Paul died from a fatal drug overdose in May 2010, the girl can bring a lawsuit for the loss of her father’s love and emotional support, known as loss of consortium. Justice Daryl Hecht wrote in the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling that October, who is now five, could still suffer the emotional effects of her father’s death after her birth, making her claim eligible to be decided by a jury.
- Meanwhile, a lawsuit brought by Gray’s widow Brenna against Dr. Daniel Baldi four years after her husband’s death was dismissed by another judge because he said it was filed two years too late under state rules.
- Baldi was accused of causing the deaths of Paul Gray and eight others with his careless prescription habits.
- Paul was found dead on May 24th, 2010 after overdosing on drugs in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. Brenna filed her suit on February 14th, 2014. He was 38.
- Brenna’s lawyer argued that the statute of limitations shouldn’t have started until Gray had reason to believe Baldi caused her husband’s death, but the judge disagreed. Baldi was acquitted in May 2014 of seven criminal counts of involuntary manslaughter.
- Paul overdosed on the painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi ever prescribed to him.
- Brenna said during her testimony that none of the other members of Slipknot were willing to help confront her husband about his drug abuse, which several members of Slipknot strongly refuted.
- October was born three months after her father’s death, and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor told us a while back that she was well taken care of by the inner Slipknot circle: [“She’s surrounded by love right now, you know. I mean, she’s got me, she’s got my wife, she’s got her mother, who we’ve basically taken and made our own, basically, you know. And you know, she’s got all of our friends who dote on her. It’s gonna be hard when she gets older, but at the same time there’ll never be a lack of love around that little girl as long as I’m living.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . as I’m living.)
- After a lengthy hiatus, Slipknot resumed touring in 2011, with Donnie Steele playing bass live. The band in 2014 secured the services of British musicianAlessandro “Vman” Venturella to play bass.
- Slipknot will head out this summer on a lengthy trek with Marilyn Manson.
- Do you think October Gray should be allowed to sue the doctor?
- How can a case proceed if Paul Gray overdosed on drugs that the doctor did not prescribe to him?
- Do you think that the ultimate blame for all this lies with Paul Gray himself, and not doctors nor anyone else?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Eric Syre wrote: “The doctor didn’t make him overdose, he did this to himself. You can’t sue a car dealer because he sold you the car you just had an accident with, right?”
Don Smith wrote: “His life, his choice, his death. End of story. Not to be cold and callous, but that’s the way the world works. Someone let me know if there’s a way around all that.”
Lavartis J. Collinsworth wrote: “Your dad was a junkie who made his own choices. You want to sue somebody, sue your mother for not doing more to get him the help he needed.”
Chad Streeterwrote: “Can I sue the beer company and the makers of Fireball whiskey for turning me into an alcoholic? If so, sign me the f**k up.”