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Slipknot bassist Paul Gray found dead in Iowa hotel

DES MOINES, Iowa - Paul Gray, the bassist for Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, was found dead yesterday in an Iowa hotel room, police said.

A hotel employee found Gray, 38, dead in a room at the Town Plaza Hotel in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines, police said in a statement. Foul play isn't suspected, and an autopsy is planned for Tuesday.

A person who answered the phone at the band's record company, Roadrunner Records, wouldn't give his name and declined to comment.

Slipknot's self-titled debut in 1999 sold more than a million copies. Known for its grotesque masks, the band won a Grammy in 2006 for best metal performance for the song "Before I Forget." Concert industry trade publication Pollstar ranked Slipknot 18th in its Top 20 Concert Tours list last year.

Most of the band's members grew up in the Des Moines area. - AP

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