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Slipknot 911 -- 'Hypodermic Needle Next to His Bed'

5/26/2010 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The hotel employee who discovered the body of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray on Monday told the 911 operator he noticed a hypodermic needle and a bottle of pills in the musician's hotel room when he found the body.

** warning -- the audio contains graphic content **


In the 911 call, obtained by TMZ, the employee -- a maintenance worker at the Iowa hotel -- tells the operator that he suspects Paul died of a "drug overdose" and that it appeared that Paul had been in the room for "a while."

The employee also told the 911 operator that Paul's mother had called the hotel earlier in the day because she couldn't get a hold of her son.

Cops are still investigating Paul's death. Officials have stated that the death doesn't appear to be the result of foul play.


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It is so sad that another human being, a creation of God had died. I pray that he found salvation from Jesus Christ when he was dying.

1611 days ago

Amber Hammer    

Good God TMZ. What the heck is wrong with you people? Do you not have any family or friends, how would you feel if this would pop up when you got online and googled their names? Serioulsy, I am pretty sure you all will going to hell when you die!! This a an journalism NO NO!!! Please take it off!!

1611 days ago


I cant believe TMZ would post crap like this up!! This man had a family, and I'm sure they wouldn't want to hear this.

Paul Gray was a great man. I met him once in Wichita when they first took off. and he was very nice and visited with who ever went up to him

RIP Paul Gray. you will be missed by many.

1611 days ago


I'm not a huge Slipknot fan, but it's still so tragic to have him lose his life at such a young age. I feel bad for everyone in the situation.

1611 days ago


Please stop with the unsupportive comments. Who cares how he died it's still sad. He & his wife were expecting a baby in sept. & he's passed on. That's sad, If you can't find any sorrow in your body for this man & his family well then your a useless ****.

1611 days ago

The Master    

Scooping up a dead junkie hardly requires a sense of urgency..... he ain't goin' nowhere. Certainly not worth firing up the sirens and risking other peoples lives for. The maintenance guy was fine, do you idiots think he should have been panicking and screaming hurry, hurry? He had a VERY dead o.d. victim that he needed removed from his place of business. You people act like he let the idiot die or something, well guess what? PAUL DECIDED THAT DYING WAS BETTER THAN LIVING, end of story. And, his band sucks anyway..... live by the sword, DIE BY THE SWORD.

1611 days ago


Be that as it may, this was someone's husband, father, brother. Making nasty comments about him changes nothing. May he rest in peace, and my prayers are with his family.

1611 days ago

R.I.P Paul    

For all of you ripping on TMZ, this is what they do, theyre media whores but all of you are on their website reading their bullcrap, so you feed into all the BS just by being on here and commenting - you fuel the fire!

As for this tragedy, it doesnt matter if drugs played a factor in this mans death as we all have our demons to deal with and how he dealt with his problems was his business. The fact remains that no matter how he died, he died nonetheless and he was someones son, husband, brother, bestfriend and father to be and people should have some respect for that! Shame on all of you haters for the nasty comments! Until the official autopsy reports are made public, all this crap being posted is exactly that, crap! My thoughts and prayers are with his bandmates, family and unborn child. It sounds like he was a great guy who was loved by many. R.I.P Paul!

1611 days ago


What the bum could not hang himself? That would have made for great HeadLines!!!

1611 days ago


I'd like to address a couple of things: First off you people criticizing the mantainence worker haven't got a clue! There are procedures that hotel employees must follow in situations such as this and he followed them to a T. Can you imagine finding a dead body when you walk into a room? You go into shock and disbelief. 2nd.. I assure you that the 911 call is real.. while I agree that it should never have been released out of respect for the family , it is a matter of public record. Although the mantainence workers name and the room number should of undoubtedly been removed. Listen to the 911 call again.. they say there is a hyperdermic needle and pills all over the room.. the mantainence worker was making a logical observation by what he saw. My respects to Slipknot and to Paul's family, but remember the mantainence worker is a human being too and is now remembering every minute of every day what he saw. and yes I know this my personally! Show some respect to all involved!

1611 days ago



um, just because this guy may not have had his family's best interests in mind (which, we're all just speculating at this point, we don't really know) that doesn't mean other people can't pray for them or wish them well. nobody asks to care about someone who's an addict. wtf is wrong with you.

1611 days ago


Why can't people understand us REAL MAGGOTS don't have to have this spelled out? It doesn't matter the how...ALL that matters is a GREAT songwriter and musician has left a void that can never be filled! Paul Gray will always be remembered as GREATNESS! and to HELL with all you haters!!! Stay (sic)...SlipKnot RULES!!!!!!!!!

1611 days ago


This is really sad, this hotel is literally blocks from my house. He really was a genuine, sweet guy as well as all the guys in the band are. I think he was going through some pretty severe personal things and decided to give up. Hopefully now he will be in peace

1611 days ago


The tape is wayyyyyy edited! The real tape is on the des moines register website . It is a lot diff then this version.

1611 days ago


what is so graphic about this??? i did laugh when the caller said im not touching him lol.

1611 days ago
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