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Autopsy to be conducted on Slipknot bassist

By the CNN Wire Staff
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was 38.
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was 38.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Autopsy of bassist Paul Gray will be conducted Tuesday
  • Gray found dead Monday morning by staff at a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Slipknot won Grammy award in 2006 for best metal performance
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(CNN) -- The autopsy of Paul Gray, the bassist for the Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, will be conducted Tuesday, authorities said.

The autopsy, including toxicology tests, will allow medical examiners to determine Gray's preliminary cause of death.

He was found dead Monday morning by staff at the TownePlace Suites in Des Moines, Iowa, said Sgt. Dave Disney of the Urbandale Police Department.

Gray was 38.

Slipknot -- whose fans are affectionately known as "Maggots" -- was formed in Des Moines in late 1995 and became immediately recognizable for the dark and often grotesque homemade Halloween masks its nine members wore on stage. The band won a Grammy award in 2006 for best metal performance for "Before I Forget."

Slipknot's self-titled debut album went platinum in 2000. Its fourth album, "All Hope is Gone," spent 69 weeks on Billboard's Top 200 charts, debuting at No. 1 its first week in 2008.

Gray was arrested in Iowa in 2003 on drug possession charges when police found small amounts of marijuana, two syringes and a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine after he was involved in a wreck with another motorist.