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Slipknot:

Paul Gray Was

'The Best of Us'

5/25/2010 7:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Members of the band Slipknot just held an emotional news conference about the death of the band's bassist Paul Gray -- calling him "the essence of the band."


Without their trademark masks, the entire band -- along with Paul's wife -- assembled in Iowa to remember Paul as a "really great friend and person."

Paul's death is currently being investigated by officials. So far, cops don't believe there was any foul play involved.

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16.

AK    

Truly an amazing band, and a huge loss for the community



I belive Paul wrote most of the bands music, he will be missed :(

1611 days ago
17.

Jamaican sam    

"Maybe it's just me being a freak. There were two orb looking objects that move past the camera. It could be a bug. Then again, could it be the soul of Paul."



If this is an example of the average slipknot fan, I think I'll give it a pass. Tin foil hats aren't as stylish as they used to be.



1611 days ago
18.

erzebet    

I'm impressed. For such a hardcore group to be so raw and real like that is highly respectable. May they find comfort and peace.

1611 days ago
19.

wendy    

Thank you TMZ for airing the press conference. I'm from Minny and have had the pleasure to work with Slipknot for many years. I have nothing but love and respect for all the members and my heart breaks for everyone in pain from this tragic loss. Since I now live here in LA, I could not be there in person and most likely wont make it to the funeral... Your props to Paul by airing this conference is much appreciated.
Paul - we will keep the metal alive for you, promise!! xxoo

1611 days ago
20.

depecheaholic    

i wouldn't put him in the same catergory with Ronnie James Dio!

1611 days ago
21.

Joe    

I bet his drug dealer is just hartbroken!

1611 days ago
22.

Kory    

Joe,



I bet you're spelling teacher is just as HEARTbroken.

1611 days ago
23.

Tia    

Oh wow that was very touching,so sorry for your loss.

1611 days ago
24.

mamajj    

Really if you don't know who Slipknot is then why are you on this board saying anything? A man is dead it's very disrespectful.
Now I am not a fan but I know who they are and I would just like to say to you guys his fans I am very sorry for your loss. You guys lost him too. RIP Paul.

1611 days ago
25.

Me    

I guess Type O Negative wasn't commercial enough for TMZ to mention the death of lead singer Peter Steele last month. If it wasn't for them bands like Slipknot wouldn't be around. Personally I liked Slipknot before you could buy their t-shirts at Target and Walmart.

1611 days ago
26.

andrea    

they are devostated , I read rude comments on the other story and could not believe how low people are it makes me (SIC)

1611 days ago
27.

STEVIE OLVERA    

R.I.P. PAUL GREY U WERE AWSOME U WILL BE MISSED U WILL NEVER BE REPLACED THANKS 4 THE AWSOME MEMORIES AT MAYHEM 2008 SLIPKNOT WILL NEVER 4GET WHAT U HELPED THEM BECOME COREY,JOEY,JIM,MICK,SHAWN,CHRIS AND SID STAY STRONG YALL KNOW HE WOULD WANT YALL 2 COUNTINUE ROCKING REST IN PEACE PAUL GREY

1611 days ago
28.

Josh    

First of all, everyone making negative comments on here are disrespectful. Regardless of whether or not you like the band or agree with what they stand for, it's a human being who made a huge impact on the world.



Name: you say they aren't metal? Apparently, you need to get your head out of your pretentious ass. What other style would you classify them as? Are you one of those "too metal" for popular metal bands type losers? Yeah, I was over that phase when I started high school.



If you haven't heard of Slipknot they have 6 Grammy nominations and won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2006. Sold over 14 million albums worldwide, which is huge for that genre. They also put on amazing live shows and do insanely well. That's really not typical for bands of that genre.



On a side note- I haven't met Paul, but heard from many close friends that he was a really great guy and talented musician.



Be respectful people..even if you don't like his music or know about it.

1611 days ago
29.

Pornosec Prole    

When generation bohemian psycho learns how to write a melodic song that gets stuck in your head instead of brain dead zombie grunge rants, then we will value their lost souls. Until then it's back to the past for good old days ear candy pop culture civilization.

1611 days ago
30.

James    

Never heard them, but they look like freaks

1611 days ago
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