DesMoinesRegister.com is claiming that Doctor Daniel Baldi (a Des Moines physician) has been charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients who later died of overdoses. One of his patients was the late great Paul Gray from SLIPKNOT!
After hearing about this shocking twist of events, SLIPKNOT's own Shawn "Clown" Crahan spoke with DesMoinesRegister.com. This is what he had to say about this NEW piece of evidence regarding the death of his former bandmate:
"None of it is going to bring back our brother Paul. This epidemic of this sort of activity is becoming more and more … evident. It truly is becoming a problem amongst people. And it trickles all the way down to the youth. And awareness needs to be brought about."
Crahan made it clear that he was referring to "not only substance abuse but the ability to acquire substances, to get chemicals and the efficiency of it."
"Hopefully justice will be served," he said.
Doctor Daniel Baldi, who helped run an Iowa Health System pain clinic, is accused of "unintentionally causing the death of Paul Gray by the commission of an act likely to cause death or serious injury, to-wit, continually [writing] high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from [December 27, 2005] until his death," according to charging documents released at the doctor's court hearing today.
The doctor's lawyer, Guy Cook, told DesMoinesRegister.com his client plans to vigorously fight the charges.
"It is unprecedented to turn unfortunate deaths or medical results into a crime against a doctor," the lawyer said. "Unexpected deaths can occur in severe, chronic pain patients, unrelated to medical treatment. This is especially true with patients who are drug addicts or drug abusers."
On May 24, 2010, Paul Dedrick Gray was found dead today by a hotel worker at a hotel in Urbandale hotel room in Iowa. Paul died from an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, and had also shown signs of "significant heart disease".
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