Hatebreed bassist Chris Beattie and vocalist Jamey Jasta have released the following statements regarding the passing of SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray.
Beattie: "It came as a surprise today to hear that Paul Gray passed this morning. He was a great guy and an amazing bass player. I consider it an honor to have gotten to know him. His contribution to the music world was enormous and will live on forever. R.I.P."
Jamey Jasta: "Paul was a stand-up guy and a great musician. He and SLIPKNOT changed the face of rock music as we know it. Just about every metal band member from 1999 onward owes him a salute.
"My condolences to his band, family and fans.
"We'll miss you dearly, Paul. We are eternally grateful to you."
Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel room in Urbandale, Iowa on Monday morning.